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Bona-Temple Game Analysis

Temple 76, Bona 70

How Temple Won: The Owls are tough and experienced in the backcourt and it showed. Ramone Moore scored 19 points, Khalif Wyatt 17 and Juan Fernandez 16 as Temple remained atop the conference at 9-2 and improved to 20-5 overall. Bona just couldn't contain the trio, particularly in the second half. They also combined to go 20 of 21 at the foul line.

Player of the Game: Moore scored all his 19 in the second half, going 6 of 11 from the field and 6 of 6 from the line. It was a game at the half (Bona 31-30) before he re-entered and caught fire.

Stat of the Game: The teams combined for go 42 of 49 from the foul line. Temple was 25 of 29, Bona 17 of 20.

Stat of the Game II: Temple scored 16 points off turnovers to Bona's seven.

What It Means: The Owls continue to pursue a Top 25 ranking. They've won nine straight and have won 20 or more for the fifth straight year. Their experienced backcourt will make them a tough out in the NCAAs. As for Bona, that's three losses in the last four games. Who knows? They could still realistically finish anywhere from third to 10th in the conference.

In the House: It was a "White Out" at the Reilly Center but it wasn't a sellout. There were 4,169 on hand.

Next Up: Bona finishes its three-game homestand at 4:30 Saturday against Rhode Island. The Bonnies won the earlier meeting 72-66 in OT.

Bob DiCesare


Atlantic 10 | College basketball | St. Bonaventure
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Bob Dicesare

Bob DiCesare

Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.

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Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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