Big Week for Philly Schools as Villanova Defeats Two Top 5 Teams and LaSalle Wins Over Two Nationally Ranked Squads
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PhillyCollegeSports.com Player of the Week – Ramon Galloway, LaSalle
The Explorer guard capped a huge week for LaSalle in their two wins over nationally ranked teams. Galloway went the length of the court to score the game-winning layup against Butler. In the road win against VCU Galloway scored a career-high 31 points and had just two turnovers against a team that features pressure defense. In the effort against VCU Galloway made 9 of 18 field goal attempts, 4 of 8 from three-point land, and made 9 of 10 free throw attempts.
PhillyCollegeSports.com Honor Roll –
Darrun Hilliard, Villanova
Khalif Wyatt, Temple
Halil Kanacevic, Saint Joseph’s
Week of January 21– January 27, 2013 Games
LA SALLE 14 – 5 Overall, 4 – 2 Atlantic 10, 2 – 0 Big Five
Results – Won 54 – 53 vs. #9 Butler, Won 69 – 61 at #19/16 VCU
LaSalle 54 #9 Butler 53 – It will be known as a Gola Arena classic as Ramon Galloway layup with 2.7 seconds to play gave LaSalle an upset win over nationally ranked Butler. Tyreek Duren led LaSalle with 16 points, Sam Mills added 11. Andrew Smith scored a game-high 16 points for Butler. Kellen Durham added 15 points. Roosevelt Jones put in 14 points, his desperation shot at the buzzer bounced away. LaSalle had 8 turnovers which led to 9 Butler points. The Explorers tallied 18 points for 13 Bulldog miscues.
LaSalle 69 #19/16 VCU 61 – The Explorers defeated another nationally ranked team three days after a win over Butler, the first time LaSalle has accomplished that feat since 1952. In doing so LaSalle was named by ESPN.com as the Team of the Week. The Explorers were facing what VCU likes to call HAVOC, a full court pressing defense designed to create turnovers and easy baskets. LaSalle handled the pressure with good guard play. Ramon Galloway scored a career-high 31 points and had just two turnovers. Tyreek Duren scored 16 points while delivering 5 rebounds and 3 assists, and had 4 turnovers. The Explorers were in front at halftime 34 – 25. In the second half HAVOC was working its magic as VCU went on a 17 – 0 run to get a 42 – 34 lead with 14:35 on the clock. LaSalle regrouped and went on a 22 – 7 run to take control. Galloway scored 12 of the points in the run. VCU cut the gap to one late in the game, but they could not overcome Galloway and Duren who made 13 of 14 free throws down the stretch. The VCU edge in Points Off Turnovers was limited to 22 – 18.
Ramon Galloway was named the Atlantic 10 and Big Five Player of the Week.
Next Game – 1/30/13 vs. Massachusetts at the Gola Arena
PENN – 3 – 15 Overall, 0 – 1 Ivy League, 0 – 4 Big Five
Results – Lost 76 – 69 at Temple
Temple 76 Penn 69 – The Red and Blue led by as many as 9 points in the second half, but the Owls led by Khalif Wyatt went on an 11 – 0 run to take the lead and earn a Big Five win. Miles Cartwright scored 21 points and had 6 rebounds to lead Penn. Darien Nelson-Henry scored 17 points, and Patrick Lucas-Perry made four three-pointers en route to 15 points.
For the full story read Wyatt Leads Temple Over Penn
Next Game – 2/1/2013 vs. Columbia at the Palestra
SAINT JOSEPH’S 11 – 7 Overall, 2 – 3 Atlantic 10, 1 – 1 Big Five
Results – Lost 73 – 64 vs. Saint Bonaventure, Won 59 – 49 vs. Xavier at the Hagan Arena
Saint Bonaventure 73 Saint Joseph’s 64 – The Hawks fell behind early trailing by a 35 – 10 score in the first half. Saint Joe’s mounted a rally and closed to within 6 at 60 – 54 with 4:25 to play, but would get no closer. The Hawks made just 2 of 22 three-point shots. Halil Kanacevic returned to action and scored a team-high 16 points. Three other Saint Joe’s players hit double figures; Ronald Roberts had 14, C.J. Aiken 13, and Chris Wilson 12 points for SJU.
Saint Joseph’s 59 Xavier 49 – The Hawks found the range from beyond the arc late in the game and it propelled SJU to a win over Xavier. While not nationally ranked Xavier is still a prominent team in the Atlantic 10 conference and by winning Saint Joe’s added to a very successful week for Philadelphia teams. Trailing 49 – 47 Carl Jones made a three-pointer with 3:23 to play to give the Hawks a lead they would not relinquish. In the last two minutes Langston Galloway made two from beyond the arc to allow SJU to take control. Saint Joseph’s ended the game on a 12 – 0 run. Galloway, Jones, and Halil Kanacevic all scored 15 points. Kanacevic added 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and blocked 4 shots. C.J. Aiken tied his career-high with 10 rebounds.
Next Game – 1/30/2013 at Fordham
TEMPLE 13 – 6 Overall, 2 – 3 Atlantic 10, 1 – 0 Big Five
Results – Won 76 – 69 vs. Penn at the Liacouris Center, Lost 83 – 71 at #9 Butler
Temple 76 Penn 69 – The Red and Blue led by as many as 9 points in the second half, but the Owls led by Khalif Wyatt went on an 11 – 0 run to take the lead and earn a Big Five win. Wyatt scored a game-high 26 points, 21 in the second half. To read the complete story view Wyatt Leads Temple To A Big Five Win.
#9 Butler 83 Temple 71 – Khalif Wyatt continued his hot shooting getting 22 points to go along with 6 assists and 4 steals. But Wyatt was out-dueled by Rotnei Clarke of Butler as he returned from a sprained neck to score 24 points and dish out a game-high 9 assists in the Bulldogs 83 – 71 win at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Temple led for most of the first half. Butler took a 29 – 26 lead on a Clarke three-pointer at the 4:10 mark and led at halftime 37 – 34. The Bulldogs stretched the lead to 13 points at 51 – 38 with 13:50 on the clock. Temple began a comeback tying the game at 56 with 8:12 to play on a three-point play by Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson. Butler answered with a 15 – 4 run to take control. In addition to Wyatt the Owls got double-figure scoring from Scootie Randall with 13 points, Anthony Lee scored 12 points, and Jefferson added 11 points. Although the Owls shot 40.7%, Butler made 26 of 50 field goal attempts for 52%. Kyle Marshall had 19 points and Kellen Durham had 17 for Butler.
Next Game – 1/30/2013 vs. Richmond at the Liacouris Center
VILLANOVA 13 – 7 Overall, 4 – 3 Big East, 2 – 2 Big Five
Results – Won 73 – 64 vs. #5 Louisville, Won 75 – 71 vs. #3/4 Syracuse (OT) both games at the Wells Fargo Center
Villanova 73 #5 Louisville 64 – The Wildcats upset the 5th ranked team in the country using a 28 – 12 run over the last nine minutes of the game. Down the stretch Villanova made 12 of 14 free throws to keep the lead. From the free throw line the Blue and White went 22 for 29 while the Cardinals were 12 – 24. Ryan Arcidiacono led Villanova with 15 points. Mouphtaou Yarou, Darrun Hilliard, and JayVaughn Pinkston scored 11 each. For the complete story view “Villanova Upsets #5 Louisville.”
Villanova 75 #3/4 Syracuse 71 (OT) – The Wildcats defeated a second top five team this week taking down the Orange in overtime. Villanova improved their record at the Wells Fargo Center against nationally ranked teams to 4 – 1. Much like their meeting in Syracuse on January 12, Villanova held a 32 – 26 lead at halftime. The Orange opened the second half with a 17 – 7 run to take their largest lead of the half at 44 – 39 with 12:43 to play. Nova struck back to get a 53 – 52 lead at the 6:27 mark. Syracuse answered by scoring the next 7 points. With 3:36 remaining in regulation the Orange took a 61 – 55 lead on a jump shot by Brandon Triche. Those points would be the last scored by Syracuse in regulation. A steal by JayVaughn Pinkston and a layup by Darrun Hilliard cut the lead to 4 points. Just over a minute later Hilliard would get a steal. On that possession Mouphtaou Yarou was fouled and made one of two free throws. Orange forward Michael Carter-Williams was fouled with 19 seconds on the clock. He missed from the free throw line and Villanova had one last chance. At the 8 second mark James Bell missed a three-pointer from the right wing. Yarou rebounded and found an open Ryan Arcidiacono in the left corner who drilled a three-point shot to tie the game at 61. In the overtime Bell scored 8 of his 13 points to give Villanova the lead. Syracuse closed to 71 – 69 with 21 seconds to play. Villanova put the game away making 4 of 6 free throws to end the game. Hilliard led Villanova with 26 points making 8 of 11 from the floor, career-highs in points and made field goals. His three baskets from beyond the arc tied a career-high in made three-pointers. To cap the afternoon Hilliard handed out a career-best 6 assists. Yarou scored 14 points and took down 16 rebounds, 8 on each end, to tie a career-high. This was the third double-double of the season for Yarou. Arcidiacono scored 10 points in the game. Triche paced Syracuse with a game-high 23 points and Carter-Williams added 17 points.
Darrun Hilliard was named the Big East Player of the Week.
Next Game – 1/30/2013 at Notre Dame
DREXEL 8 – 11 Overall, 4 –3 CAA
Results – Won 55 – 52 at Hofstra, Won 68 – 57 vs. Georgia State at the DAC
Drexel 55 Hofstra 52 – Frantz Massenat was good on desperation, three-pointer at the buzzer form 50 feet away that gave the Dragons a road CAA win. It was the second straight conference win for Drexel who evened their conference record at 3 – 3. Massenat and Damion Lee each scored 14 points for Drexel.
Drexel 68 Georgia State 57 – It was Homecoming Day at The DAC and Drexel showed the alumni some defense holding Georgia State to 28% shooting (13 – 47) and extended their winning streak to three games. An 8 – 0 run gave Drexel a 54 – 42 lead with 6:14 to play on a three-ball by Damion Lee. Georgia State would get no closer than 7 points. The Dragons went 8 – 8 from the foul line in the final 1:21. Lee led Drexel with 20 points. Frantz Massenat scored 15 points and Derrick Thomas added 14 points.
Next Game – 1/31/2013 at George Mason