Instant Replay: St. Joe's 73, La Salle 72

USA Today Images

Instant Replay: St. Joe's 73, La Salle 72


What Chris Clover started, Lamarr Kimble made sure to finish.

Kimble hit the game-winning jumper with 15 seconds left, Clover finished with a career-high 21 points and Saint Joseph’s edged city rival La Salle, 73-72, on Saturday at Hagan Arena.

Jordan Price finished with 21 but missed two shots in the final minute for La Salle (11-8, 5-3), which has now lost three straight following a five-game winning streak.

The Hawks (10-10, 3-5) picked up a much-needed win after dropping four of their previous five games.

Trailing by eight at the half, La Salle quickly staged a comeback and took a 53-49 lead with 11 minutes left on a Price three-pointer. It was a tight contest from there with the Big 5 rivals trading leads and big shots.

With the game tied at 70-70, La Salle’s Amar Stukes hit a short floater with 1:20 left — the first field goal for either team in more than four minutes — before the Hawks’ James Demery hit one of two free throws on the other end. 

After Price missed a jumper, Kimble buried the game-winner with 15.8 seconds left and Price missed another shot from close-range as time expired. Kimble’s shot was the Hawks’ first made field goal in nearly six minutes.

Saturday’s game did not count toward the Big 5 standings. The official Big 5 contest will take place when the two teams reconvene on Feb. 18.  

Big men on campus
Clover’s 21 points came on 8 for 11 shooting and 4 for 5 shooting from three-point range before fouling out with 3:06 left. He also had a career-high five assists. 

Also for St. Joe's, freshman Charlie Brown had 15 points, Kimble scored 14 and Demery had 13. 

Price scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half. Amar Stukes scored 16 points and five assists and B.J. Johnson finished with 14. 

By the numbers
• There were 44 total fouls with St. Joe’s shooting 14 for 25 from the free throw line and La Salle shooting 22 for 30.
• St. Joe’s shot 52.9 percent from three-point range while La Salle shot 33.3 percent. 

• St. Joe’s finished with 13 turnovers and La Salle had 10

First half
The game was back and forth for the first few minutes before a 16-6 run put St. Joe’s up 27-18 with a little under eight minutes to go. The Hawks maintained their advantage the rest of the way, taking a 37-29 lead into halftime.

Clover had 16 points in the first half, setting his career high less than nine minutes into the contest. He shot 6 for 7 from the field and 3 for 3 from three-point range before halftime.

As a team, the Hawks shot 52.2 percent from the field and 60 percent from three-point range while the Explorers shot 31 and 28.6 percent. 

Welcome back, Marvin
Before the game, former St. Joe’s star and Big 5 Hall of Famer Marvin O’Connor was honored. 

O’Connor may be best known for a game against La Salle in 2001 when he scored 18 points in less than a minute. One fan told him before the game it was “the greatest thing I’ve ever seen in basketball.”

Several other former players were also in attendance and welcomed back throughout the second half. 

Up next
St. Joe’s hosts Davidson on Tuesday.

La Salle welcomes UMass on Wednesday.

Sliding Temple visits Army; Penn hosts Yale in need of Ivy win

USA Today Images/Penn Athletics

Sliding Temple visits Army; Penn hosts Yale in need of Ivy win

Temple (3-4, 1-3 AAC) at Army (5-2)
Michie Stadium, West Point, New York
Saturday, noon, CBS Sports Network

Last time out
Temple lost to UConn, 28-24, last Saturday.

Army beat Eastern Michigan, 28-27, last Saturday.

Scouting report
Last week against UConn, the Owls committed 12 penalties for 117 yards. Despite putting up 229 more yards and 13 more first downs than the Huskies, Temple couldn’t finish drives late in the game to pull out the win.

Temple’s schedule doesn’t get easier this week. The Owls play an Army team riding a three-game win streak and boasting the second-best rushing offense in college football (378.4 ypg). That will be the matchup to watch as Temple averages 167.1 rushing yards allowed per game, good for seventh in the American Athletic Conference.

Temple’s starting quarterback Logan Marchi missed some practice time this week, but head coach Geoff Collins said he expects him to play Saturday. If he can’t go, look for backup Frank Nutile to replace him.

What it means
Temple’s performance against UConn was embarrassing, while the Owls' bowl hopes would take a severe hit with a loss to Army. Tulsa and Cincinnati are the only other opponents on the schedule against which Temple should be favored. Navy and UCF, on paper, look to be tough matchups for the Owls.

Series history
Temple owns the 7-5 series advantage and is 6-1 against Army since 2008. That one loss came last year when the Black Knights beat the Owls, 28-13, at Lincoln Financial Field in Temple’s season opener. 

What's next?
Temple has its bye before hosting Navy on Nov. 2.

Army travels to Air Force. 

Penn (2-3, 0-2 Ivy) vs. Yale (4-1, 1-1 Ivy)
Franklin Field
Saturday, 1 p.m., NBC Sports Philadelphia+

Last time out
Penn lost at Columbia in overtime, 34-31, last Saturday.

Yale defeated Holy Cross, 32-0, last Saturday.

Scouting report
Penn has the worst scoring defense in the Ivy League, which doesn’t bode well for its chances in this one considering Yale has the best scoring offense in the league. The Quakers allow 32.6 ppg and the Bulldogs score 41 ppg. Penn’s total defense is also last in the league, allowing 449.2 ypg.

The Bulldogs take control on the ground with the best rushing offense in the Ivy. Zane Dudek and Deshawn Salter lead the Bulldogs, as both have rushed for more than 400 yards and each has seven touchdowns. Penn will have to win the battle in the trenches to slow down the Bulldogs.

Series history
This is the 84th meeting between the teams. The Bulldogs hold a 46-37-1 advantage but Penn has won 19 of the last 25.

What’s next?
Penn travels to Brown.

Yale hosts Columbia.

Temple-UConn observations: Despite valiant effort from Marchi, Owls lose 1st homecoming game since 2008

Temple-UConn observations: Despite valiant effort from Marchi, Owls lose 1st homecoming game since 2008


That’s why football is a week-to-week game. Forget about momentum.

Temple found that out the hard way. After coming alive in a big road win over East Carolina last week, the Owls were humbled when a fourth-quarter rally fell short Saturday in a 28-24 homecoming loss to Connecticut at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Owls had one final shot at the victory with a drive in the final minute, but a Logan Marchi heave to the end zone was broken up.

The loss dropped Temple back under .500 at 3-4 (1-3 American Athletic Conference). UConn moved to 2-5 (2-2) with the victory.

• Say what you want about Temple quarterback Marchi (and you surely will after this game), but the guy is a fighter. Whether things are going his way or not, he continues to try to search for his receivers and attempt to squeeze the ball into those windows on the field. He made it two consecutive games with 300-plus yards passing as he was 33 of 54 for 356 yards with one touchdown and one interception Saturday.

• The game marked Temple’s first homecoming loss in nearly a decade. TU hadn’t suffered a homecoming defeat since a 7-3 loss to Western Michigan on Sept. 27, 2008. On that day, former Eagles DB Jaiquawn Jarrett was beaten in coverage on a double move in the third quarter for the game’s lone touchdown. Coming into Saturday, the Owls had won eight straight homecoming matchups by an average margin of 19.3 points.

• There was a rare sighting for Temple at the Linc: a rushing touchdown from a tailback. In fact, there were two. David Hood, who became the first Owls tailback to score on a run this season in last week’s rout of East Carolina, punched it in from one yard out to open the scoring in the first quarter. Ryquell Armstead weaved his way into the end zone for a 10-yard TD on the first play of the fourth quarter.

• Delvon Randall is simply a playmaker. The Owls’ leading tackler, Randall added another five stops in Saturday’s win. The junior DB also made a beautiful play along the sideline in the first quarter when he undercut an out route for an interception. It marked Randall’s third straight game with a pick. The Owls only have four interceptions this season and Randall has three of them.

• My colleague Greg Paone touched on college football’s targeting rule a couple of weeks ago (see story)We agree on pretty much all of the nuts and bolts of the rule. I’m glad it’s in place to protect players from violent and unnecessary hits. However, the more I see it called each week — and it seems like there is at least one in every game now — the more I’m starting to dislike the implementation. Temple defensive lineman Sharif Finch was ejected for targeting on Saturday when he went high on Huskies quarterback Bryant Shirreffs on a third-quarter touchdown pass. Shirreffs sold the hit by jerking his head back as he fell to the ground, but it was definitely worthy of a penalty. Was it a late hit? Yes. A bone-headed hit? Absolutely. But one worthy of Temple losing a top defensive player for the remainder of the game? I don’t think so.

• Speaking of Shirreffs, it’s easy to see why the Huskies have the best passing offense in the AAC. He didn’t show it with yardage in this tilt (just 105), but he was able to connect on three touchdowns through the air. He also added 39 yards on the ground, including a key run up the middle late in the fourth quarter.

• The Owls simply aren’t a good enough team to overcome 12 penalties for 117 yards.

• Like any other major college football game around the country, Saturday’s matchup at the Linc had scouts from NFL teams listed to attend. Of course, the Eagles were listed for several scouts in their home stadium. While the Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers were also among those expected to have representatives at the game, there was only one other team labeled for more than one scout besides the Eagles — the New York Giants. At 0-5, they can certainly use all the help they can get right now.

• Temple will look to rebound when the Owls travel to play their final non-conference opponent in Army at 12 p.m. next Saturday.