Yesterday's Scores: #1 Villanova 83, Temple 67; St. Joe's 79, #13 Dayton 70; La Salle 71, St. Bonaventure 64; Texas Tech 65, #3 Oklahoma 63; Penn State 79, #4 Iowa 75; #20 Duke 74, #5 North Carolina 73; #8 Xavier 85, #23 Providence 54; Blackhawks 5, Rangers 3
Today's Schedule: Elon @ Drexel - 7 PM; Tennessee @ #14 Kentucky - 7 PM (ESPN); Red Wings @ Penguins - 7 PM (NBCSN); Capitals @ Islanders - 7 PM; Bulls @ Cavaliers - 8 PM (TNT); #21 SMU @ UConn - 8 PM (ESPN2); Kings @ Blues - 8 PM; Cincinnati @ Tulsa - 9 PM (CBSSN); Wisconsin @ #8 Michigan State - 9 PM (ESPN); Utah @ UCLA - 10 PM (ESPN2); Spurs @ Clippers - 10:30 PM (TNT); California @ Washington - 11 PM (FS1)
#1 NOVA, ST. JOE'S, AND LA SALLE ALL WIN
- It was a busy night in the Philly hoops scene, as we start with the #1 Villanova Wildcats taking care of Temple in the Big 5 season finale 83-67 at the Liacouras Center. Temple sold out the place, with a record setting crowd of 10,472 fans, in what was supposed to be one of the most anticipated Big 5 games in a while. Freshman Jalen Brunson, whose father Rick played at Temple in the early 90s, had a game-high 25 points, and Daniel Ochefu had 16 points and nine rebounds. Kris Jenkins scored 15, and Phil Booth came off the bench with 12 points. For the Owls, Trey Lowe had a career-high 21 points, while Obi Enechionyia had 15 points and nine boards. Josh Brown scored 13, and Quenton DeCosey had 10 points and nine rebounds. Nova hosts Butler at the Pavilion for Senior Day, while Temple gets back to American play with a big road test against Houston on Sunday. (VILLANOVA RECAP) (TEMPLE RECAP)
- A little before the start of the Big 5 finale, St. Joe's was playing a big game of their own against 13th ranked Dayton, which turned out to be a 79-70 win over the Flyers. The Hawks started the game on a quick 6-0 run and stayed with the Flyers for most of the first half, before they began to pull away late in the first half. DeAndre' Bembry had a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds, while Isaiah Miles also had a double-double with 12 points and 12 boards. Aaron Brown scored 14, and bench guys Lamarr Kimble and James Demery had 13 and 12 points respectively. For the Flyers, Charles Cooke had 16 points, and Dyshawn Pierre had a double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds. Darrell Davis had 13 points, Steve McElvene had 12, and Scoochie Smith had 11 points to go with six rebounds and seven assists. The Hawks take their 9-0 road record to Davidson where they'll take on the Wildcats on Saturday afternoon. (RECAP)
- But there was even more local college hoops to talk about, and that involved the La Salle Explorers. They might have helped (or hurt) the Hawks as they took down St. Bonaventure 71-64 at Tom Gola Arena. Jordan Price had a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds to go with six assists, and Tony Washington also got a double-double with 10 points and 12 boards. Cleon Roberts scored 14, and Johnnie Shuler had 12. For the Bonnies, Marcus Posley had a game-high 21 points, while Dion Wright had 16, and Jaylen Adams had 12. La Salle travels to take on George Washington on Sunday afternoon. (RECAP)
CATHOLIC LEAGUE FINAL IS SET...WITH FAMILIAR FACES
In game two, Roman Catholic and Archbishop Carroll had another spectacular game, as this time, the Cahillites edged out the Patriots 64-63. Tony Carr led the way for Roman with a game-high 24 points, 15 of the coming in the second half. Nazeer Bostick finished with 14 points and eight boards, while Lamar Stevens had 13 and seven. All three of them are going to Penn State next year (who upset #4 Iowa last night). For Carroll, Josh Sharkey had 15 points with seven rebounds and three steals, John Rigsby had 16, and Ryan Daly, the Catholic League MVP, led the Patriots with 21 points. Daly had a chance to give Carroll the win, but his last-second shot hit the backboard. Carroll also isn't done, as they'll take on Public League AAA runner-up Imhotep Charter in a District 12 seeding game. A win will make the Patriots the #3 seed in the PIAA AAA tournament, while a loss will make them the #4 seed. (RECAP)
As for Monday night, Neumann will try to avenge last year's loss to Roman at the Palestra. It's the fourth straight year both teams are playing for the Catholic League title. Roman has 29 overall titles, while Neumann-Goretti has 20. If Neumann wins, head coach Carl Arrigale would win a record-setting 11th title, passing former Roman coach Dennis Seddon.
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NBA TRADE DEADLINE IS TODAY AT 3
Could we see Jahlil Okafor out of town?