Men’s basketball loses heartbreaker to St. Joe’s

#Big5Magic was a buzz on the Twitter sphere on Wednesday night as 4 of the 5 Philadelphia Big 5 teams faced off against one another. LaSalle hosted #12 Villanova while the Owls traveled up City Avenue to take on the Saint Joseph’s Hawks. The Big 5 is comprised of Temple, St. Josephs, LaSalle, Villanova, and Penn. All five of these teams are Philadelphia-area colleges who have been battling since 1955.

4,200 fans marking a sellout crowd piled into the Hawk’s Hagan Arena on Wednesday to catch some classic Big 5 action. The home team came out soaring in the first half going up 20-12 before Temple head coach Fran Dunphy had to call a timeout. The Hawks Isaiah Miles dropped 10 of his career high 20 points in the first half. The Owls turned the ball over a total of 14 times in the game. They went into the locker room trailing 34-22 .

In the second half the Owls changed things up a bit and went with a zone defense. While it took a while to get the offense rolling the defense was able to hold St. Joe’s to only 9 points in the first 10 minutes.

With 2 minutes remaining in the game, Temple’s Quenton DeCosey jukes to his left and drives up the baseline for the slam dunk. The junior finished with a game-high 22 points. The Hawks big lead diminished as the Owls pulled within 3 points, 55-52. With 39 seconds left, freshman Obi Enechionya picks off Miles’ pass attempt and swings one down the court to a wide-open Daniel Dingle who launches up a three-pointer which rattles but Josh Brown is there for the put back. Owls down 1, 57-56.

Temple gives it one more shot in the last couple seconds but his shot does not make the rim and Temple goes on to fall to their cross-town rival 58-56.

The Owls move to (4-3, 0-0) on the season. They next play on Saturday against another Big 5 opponent LaSalle (4-3, 0-0) for a 12:00pm tipoff at The Palestra.

Coverage: TV-ESPNews Radio-1210 AM WPHT

About Tommy Sladek 29 Articles
Sophomore Media Studies and Production major at Temple University. Sports anchor for the Sports Desk at Temple Update. Reporter for OwlSports Update. Videographer for Temple Women's Lacrosse. Correspondent at #templemade

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