In a Atlantic 10 showdown and Big 5 game, the Temple Owls defeated the St Joseph's Hawks and defeated them rather convincing 78-60 at the soldout Liacouras Center on North Broad Street on the campus of Temple University. The win by Temple was their fourth straight and it improved their record to 15-5 overall and 4-2 in the Atlantic 10. The loss by St. Joseph's made them 13-9 overall and 3-4 in the Atlantic 10.
The Owls were led by Ramone Moore, the Atlantic 10 leading scorer with 21 points. He also had four assists and four rebounds. Three other Temple players scored in double figures, Juan Fernandez, Khalif Wyatt, and Michael Eric. Center Michael Eric had 11 points and Khalif Wyatt had 10 points, 8 assists, and 4 steals.
Senior guards Ramone Moore and Juan Fernandez led the way for the Temple Owls. The Owls shot a season best 60 percent for the field and also 53 percent from the 3 point stripe. The duo combined for Temple's 32 of 38 first half points. Temple led 38-24 at halftime. The Owls continued to roll in the second have and got the lead up to 20 points and just cruised to the win over their cross-town rival Hawks. It really was not a game in the second half.
Temple Head Coach Fran Dunphy is really establishing his style of play at Temple. Temple no doubt is the best college basketball team in the city of Philadelphia. The Owls will be a team that noone will want to play once March Madness begins. Ask Duke what they think of Fran Dunphy and the Owls. Temple is playing right now excellent basketball on both ends of the court and they will only get better as March approaches. That is not good news for the remaining opponents on Temple's schedule.
The Owls have won four straight games and are behind Massachusetts by a half game for the lead in the Atlantic 10. Temple travels to Fordham on February 1.