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Jack McCaffery is the lead sports columnist for the Daily Times and He has spent several decades covering everything from the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers, to college hoops, to high school sports in Delco.

Saturday, February 25, 2012


Temple began the week ranked No. 22 in the country, then was mentioned for graduation into the Big East.

Then it went to Saint Joseph's.

Hawks 82, Owls 72.

The Big 5, remember?

“We got a little bit out of character,” Owls coach Fran Dunphy said. “We didn't pay attention to who we are, too many times for us. The other thing is, Saint Joe's is a really good basketball team. They can make great noise in our league.”

The Hawks made nine three-point shots, and that was as much a reason as any why they won. It also made them Big 5 co-champs, with the Owls, at 3-1.

"Any time you play Temple, it is like a championship game," Phil Martelli said. "But we are very, very happy to have a piece of that Big 5 championship."

The Owls are still in first place in the A-10. The Hawks will travel to St. Bonaventure Wednesday, still hoping for a bye in the conference tournament.

Check out the Daily Times Sunday and, as always, for complete Owls-Hawks coverage, including videos.


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