No. 21 Temple 75, Saint Joseph’s 67

For most of the season, Ramone Moore was not the player Temple’s

opponents figured was going to beat them.

“The last time we played them, he wasn’t even in the scouting

report,” Saint Joseph’s coach Phil Martelli said.

It’s safe to say the rest of the Atlantic 10 will somehow work

Moore into their game plans now.

The 6-foot-4 sophomore guard scored a career-high 24 points,

including a game-tying, coast-to-coast layup at the end of

regulation, and No. 21 Temple survived for a 75-67 victory

Saturday.

The Owls (22-5, 10-2 Atlantic 10) swept the season series

against the Hawks (9-18, 3-10) and beat them for the seventh

consecutive time.

Temple improved to 3-0 in the city series and clinched at least

a share of their record-setting 25th Big 5 title. The Owls can

clinch their first sweep of the city series since 1987-88 next

Sunday at La Salle.

It was the sixth straight game Moore has scored in double

figures – something he had done just three previous occasions this

season. His previous career high of 18 points came Wednesday at St.

Bonaventure.

“Each game I’m gaining confidence,” said Moore, who was 11 of

18 from the field, grabbed nine rebounds and had three assists

without a turnover. “I’ve been playing well the last couple of

weeks.”

Moore is finally showing the promise he displayed at

Philadelphia’s Southern High School, where he led the Public League

in scoring and earned the league’s MVP award as a senior. He sat

out his freshman season in 2007-08 to work on academic issues and

was shelved again for most of the second semester last season for

failing to meet the university’s eligibility requirements.

Lavoy Allen was 7 of 8 from the field and finished with 16

points and 10 rebounds for Temple for the 25th double-double of his

career.

Juan Fernandez had 13 points for the Owls and Ryan Brooks added

12.

Darrin Govens had 21 points for the Hawks, who lost their fourth

straight, while Garrett Williamson had a career-high 20 and

freshman Carl Jones added 16.

Temple never trailed in the overtime, with Fernandez making a

quick 3-pointer before Moore rebounded a miss by Brooks for a 64-61

lead.

It was a rollicking, back-and-forth game before a near-capacity

crowd of 8,151 at the Palestra.

The game was 12 times and there were 11 changes, including eight

in the last 8 minutes before going to overtime tied at 59.

Williamson drove for a layup that gave Saint Joseph’s a 59-57

lead with 5.7 seconds left in regulation only to have Moore answer

with his layup that tied it with 1.5 seconds remaining.

“Lavoy took the ball out and I tried to get open,” Moore said.

“I was going to go straight to the rim.”

Temple coach Fran Dunphy said that play was “all Ramone.”

“Lavoy made a good pass but it was all Ramone,” he said.

“It’s nice to see him arriving as a scorer.”

Temple had gone on an 11-1 run to take a 40-32 lead with a

little more than 13 minutes to play, but the Hawks scored the next

eight points to tie it.

After Fernandez gave Temple a 55-54 lead with two free throws

with 1:07 to go, reserve guard Chris Prescott scored his first and

only basket of the game – a 3-pointer to give Saint Joe’s the lead.

But Brooks quickly answered with a short jumper for another

tie.

“It was obviously a hard-fought game, but you’re on scholarship

– you’re supposed to play hard,” Martelli said.

It was the 150th meeting between the schools and Temple leads

the series 85-65. The Owls won the earlier matchup this season,

73-46.

“We knew what they’re capable of,” Allen said. “We knew it

would be a lot tougher than last time.”