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Temple had an early lead, but a bucket by Obinna with 17:10 to go in the first put SJU ahead for the first time. A three-pointer by Funk at the 14:05 mark capped off a 17-2 run that gave the Hawks a 19-6 lead.
After a bucket by the Owls, SJU went on another 11-2 spurt, including going 7-for-7 from the line, to make it 30-12 with six minutes to play in the half. The Hawks nearly pushed the lead past 20, but the Owls hit four free throws to cut the margin to 37-22 at the break.
Temple scored the first four points of the second half, but Obinna scored six in a row for the Hawks to push the lead to 43-28 with 15:01 to go. The Owls went on a mini-run of their own, outscoring the Hawks 11-3 over the next five minutes to cut it to a seven-point game at 46-39. However, a technical foul to Temple’s Damian Dunn led to six consecutive points for the Hawks and a 52-39 lead with 9:30 to play.
The run would eventually reach 22-5, with Hall scoring all 13 of his second-half points, including three three-pointers, as SJU went into the under-4 timeout with a 65-44 lead. Dahmir Bishop would add a three before the Owls scored the final five points of the game.
Hall followed up his career-high performance against Penn on Wednesday night with 26 in the win over the Owls, scoring 13 in each half. He went 4-of-6 from outside and a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line. As a team, SJU shot 18-of-26 from the line while Temple made just seven out of 18 attempts.
The Hawks held the Owls to just 10 percent shooting from three-point range as Temple went 2-of-20. The Owls missed their first 13 three-point attempts. Hall added five assists and eight rebounds, while Funk and Cameron Brown chipped in with four helpers apiece.
SJU tallied 16 assists on 21 field goals, while Jeremiah Williams’ four assists were the only assists the visitors notched on their 20 converted baskets. The Hawks held a 48-38 advantage on the glass. Dunn and Williams led the Owls with 12 points apiece, while Dunn was Temple’s leading rebounder with seven.
The Hawks (6-4, 2-1 Big 5) are back in action next Saturday, December 18, at Bradley