Fernandez dominates Hawks struggling backcourt

'Best' and 'Worst' awards from Temple vs. St. Joe’s game

Juan Fernandez was Temple's player of the game against St. Joe's. (Ron Cortes / Staff Photographer)

My look at some of the best and worst performances from Temple’s 78-60 victory over St. Joe’s Saturday at the Liacouras Center:

Player of the game:   Temple’s Ramone Moore gets praise for his game-high 21 points, but Juan Fernandez set the tone in the surprising lopsided victory. The senior point guard scored the Owls' first seven points and 12 of their first 14. Fernandez finished with 17 points on 7 of 9 shooting in only 23 minutes of action. He made all three of his three-point attempts to move into ninth place on Temple’s career three-pointer list with 185.

Worst performances of the game: At times, I felt sorry for St. Joe’s backcourt mates Carl Jones and Langston Galloway. The talented duo had a hard time scoring and a harder time stopping people from scoring. Galloway (3 of 9, seven points) and Carl Jones (1 of 5, five points) were held to a combined 4 for 14 from the field. Defensively, they were schooled by Fernandez and Moore.

Worst stat by a winning team: If the Owls had one flaw, it was their inability to grab offensive rebounds. St. Joseph’s held a 15-3 advantage in that category. As a result, the Hawks had an 18-4 advantage in second-chance points.

Best  quote:  St. Joe’s coach Phil Martelli didn’t sugarcoat his team’s performance. “It really wasn't much of a contest. It wasn't individual. We [as a team] got waxed, not an individual guy lost his matchup."

Worst defensive effort:  This has to go to the Hawks as a whole. Temple shot 63.6 percent in the second half, and a season-best 60 percent for the game. The Owls were able to do whatever they wanted.

Best performance by a reserve: Ronald Roberts was St. Joe’s lone bright spot. The sophomore forward finished with a team-high 17 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. He also had two steals. He looked like a solid candidate for the Atlantic Ten’s sixth man of the year.