PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Ahmad Nivins scored 20 points and hit all eight of his free throw attempts, leading Saint Joseph’s to a 80-67 victory over city rival Temple on Wednesday night.
Rob Ferguson added 17 points and Pat Calathes had 14 for the Hawks (10-5, 3-0 Atlantic 10), who won their season-best fourth straight game and defeated the Owls for the ninth time in 10 games.
Mark Tyndale had 23 points and Dustin Salisbery added 15 for the Owls (6-8, 0-2), who have lost four in a row.
Saint Joseph’s went on a 10-2 run at the start of the second half and moved out to its biggest lead at 50-35. The Owls closed within 56-50 at the 11:14 mark as Salisbery scored eight points in a 15-6 run.
A three-point play by Garrett Williamson and a layup by Ferguson pushed the Hawks to a 61-50 lead with 9:51 remaining and, with Nivins leading the way, Saint Joseph’s had its lead to 73-61 at the 4:07 mark.
The Hawks received strong support from four freshman guards, who saw significant time and combined for 29 points.
Temple jumped out to an early 15-6 lead, hitting six of its first nine shots. The Hawks rallied, going on a 19-4 run and taking their first lead at 20-19 on Williamson’s layup with 8:25 remaining. Six Hawks scored during the run.
Darrin Govens scored eight straight points and helped Saint Joseph’s to its largest lead of the half, 38-29. The Hawks shot 15-for-24 and led 40-33 at the half.
Temple’s Dionte Christmas, who leads the Atlantic 10 in scoring, was held to nine points on 2-for-12 shooting.