Shooting Like A Star
Talk about breaking out of a shooting slump. Langston Galloway of St. Joseph’s had made just two of 24 three-point shots in the six games prior to Saturday’s tilt with Massachusetts. On that day, the freshman guard made 8 of 12 field goals — including 6 for 6 on three-pointers — en route to finishing with a career-high 25 points in the Hawks’ first Atlantic Ten win.
That performance came after Galloway, a Baton Rouge, La., native who was named the A-10 rookie of the week, produced 11 points and nine rebounds in Saturday’s loss at Richmond.
Temple point guard Juan Fernandez probably wants to erase memories of his performance Saturday against Rhode Island. That’s because the junior was held scoreless for the fifth time in his career. On Saturday, the Argentina native shot 0 for 6 from the field and 0 for 3 from the foul line.
Fernandez, in his second game back from a left knee bone bruise, is averaging 9.7 points, 3.8 assists, 3.1 rebounds, and 2.7 turnovers while shooting 27.7 percent on three-point attempts this season. Last season, Fernandez averaged 12.6 points, 3.5 assists, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.9 turnovers, while making 45.3 percent of his three-pointers.
Owls are back
After a three-week absence, Temple is a nationally ranked team again. The Owls are No. 24 in the latest Associated Press poll, released Monday. The Owls (17-5) were 19th in the Jan. 10 poll before losing to Duquesne to fall out of the rankings. Before then, Temple was ranked for 16 straight weeks, dating back to last season, before losing 2 of 3 games in the Old Spice Classic over Thanksgiving weekend in Florida.
Glued to the bench
On most nights, Aaric Murray is a joy to watch on the basketball court. Shooting three-pointers, blocking shots, and scoring at will, the 6-foot-11 center looks every bit like an NBA prospect.
The Glen Mills product was benched after playing 11 minutes in the first half. In the second half, Murray pleaded with La Salle coach John Giannini to return to the game. The sophomore openly sulked and barely took part in the team’s huddle while sitting on the bench. He was previously benched against Richmond on Jan. 6.
Murray was not available for comment following Saturday’s game.
Giannini would say only this about the benching: “I played the guys that fought the hardest, pure and simple. [Murray] asked to go in at a certain point and I gave him that opportunity, and [Dayton] went up big on us. I went back to that team that made the run in the first half, and they made another run.”
— Keith Pompey
This Week’s Games
- Fordham at Temple, 7
- James Madison at Drexel, 7
- Villanova at Rutgers, 8
- La Salle at St. Louis, 9
- Penn at Cornell, 7
- Temple at Dayton, 1
- La Salle at St. Bonaventure, 4
- William and Mary at Drexel, 4
- Penn at Columbia, 7
- Pittsburgh at Villanova, 9
- St. Joseph’s at Fordham at the Meadowlands, 4
- Drexel at UNC-Wilmington, 7
- Villanova at Seton Hall, 8