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