Tem­ple edges Hawks for fourth straight win

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PHILADEL­PHIA >> Obi Ene­chio­nia scored 26 points, in­clud­ing a dag­ger of a 3-pointer with 1:09 to play af­ter he blocked a shot, and Tem­ple de­feated Saint Joseph’s 78-72 on Wed­nes­day night for its fourth-straight win.

Ene­chio­nia buried six 3-point­ers and was 10-for22 shoot­ing over­all. Quentin Rose added 14 points for the Owls (5-2) and fresh­man Shizz Al­ston Jr. scored 11 with five as­sists.

Nick Robin­son, 11 points, had pulled Saint Joseph’s within 73-72 when he con­verted a three-point play with 2:36 re­main­ing, but the Hawks (3-3) went score­less af­ter that. Shavar Newkirk led Saint Joseph’s with 22 points, in­clud­ing four 3-point­ers, and added five as­sists.

Last sea­son’s start­ing point guard Josh Brown, who missed Tem­ple’s first six games (Achilles), came off the bench for four points.

The un­ranked Owls have back-to-back reg­u­lar-sea­son vic­to­ries over two ranked teams — No. 25 Florida State and No. 19 West Vir­ginia — for the first time in the pro­gram’s his­tory.

Mi­ami 73, Rut­gers 61

CO­RAL GABLES, FLA. >> Fresh­man Dewan Huell had 14 points and seven re­bounds in 25 min­utes and the Mi­ami Hur­ri­canes scored 17 con­sec­u­tive points in the sec­ond half Wed­nes­day to beat pre­vi­ously un­de­feated Rut­gers in the ACC/Big Ten Chal­lenge, 73-61.

The 6-foot-11 Huell scored in dou­ble fig­ures for the fifth time this sea­son and had a cou­ple of bas­kets wor­thy of video re­plays.

An­other fresh­man, Bruce Brown, scored 11 points, in­clud­ing a 3-point play with less than two min­utes left to stop a late Rut­gers run.

Mi­ami (5-2) bounced back from con­sec­u­tive losses last week. The Scar­let Knights (6-1) had been off to their best start since their Fi­nal Four sea­son in 1975-76.

Rut­gers trailed by 15 points early, ral­lied to within 36-32 and then went nine min­utes with­out a point. The Scar­let Knights went 0 for 11 with five turnovers dur­ing the drought while Mi­ami pulled out to a 53-32 lead.

It was an­other strong de­fen­sive ef­fort by the Hur­ri­canes, who came into the game ranked 12th in scor­ing de­fense at 58.7 points per game.

The Scar­let Knights came into the game third in the na­tion in re­bound­ing mar­gin but were out­re­bounded 44-30.

The Hur­ri­canes took leads of 15-4 and 25-10, and then scored two points over the next eight min­utes while com­mit­ting a flurry of turnovers that al­lowed the Scar­let Knights to climb back into the game.

Mi­ami led 34-28 at half­time.

Le­high 73, Rich­mond 68

LEWISBURG >> Kim­bal Macken­zie erupted for a ca­reer­high 25 points and Buck­nell won its fourth straight game, knock­ing off Rich­mond, 73-68 on Wed­nes­day night.

The Bi­son now have beaten Rich­mond three straight times and have evened the all-time se­ries at three wins apiece. Buck­nell has bounced back from a hum­bling, 26-point loss to But­ler with a win­ning streak that in­cludes a win over Van­der­bilt, the school’s first win over a South­east­ern Con­fer­ence team since 2006.

Macken­zie, who av­er­aged seven points through his first four games, knocked down 9 of 15 shots from the field and was 4 of 7 from be­yond the arc. Zach Thomas and Nana Foul­land each added 14 points for the Bi­son (6-2).

T.J. Cline, who came in av­er­ag­ing bet­ter than 18 points per game, scored 22 points and Kh­wan Fore added an­other 19 for Rich­mond (4-3), which en­tered the game af­ter a 67-54 win over Bos­ton Col­lege.

TOM GRALISH — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Tem­ple’s Obi Ene­chionyia goes up for a slam dunk against St. Joseph’s in the sec­ond half Wed­nes­day.

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