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TEMPLE STAYS UNBEATEN IN ATLANTIC 10 WITH VICTORY OVER UMASS; ROWE LIFTS LOYOLA BY FAIRFIELD

Mark Karcher scored 21 points as Temple remained undefeated in the Atlantic 10 with a 65-57 victory over Massachusetts on Saturday.

Lamont Barnes and Quincy Wadley each had 15 points for the Owls (13-6 overall, 7-0 league) who won their seventh straight game. Monty Mack had 27 points for the Minutemen, who had won their last three games.

Temple led only by 54-50 with 3:27 left to play, but then scored eight straight points capped by Wadley's two free throws with 1:03 left to put the game out of reach.

Neither team had more than a four-point lead in the second half until Karcher scored five straight points to give the Owls a 53-46 advantage with 5:25 to play.

Massachusetts committed five turnovers in the first four minutes of the game as Temple jumped out to an 11-4 lead. However, sparked by Mack, Massachusetts scored 11 straight points on its way to a 26-21 lead. Temple then scored the final five points of the first half, creating a 26-26 tie.

Mack had 16 points in the half, including four of six shots from three-point range.

Temple played without point guard Pepe Sanchez, who was sidelined with a sore right knee.

Loyola, Md. 75, Fairfield 72

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Jason Rowe (Traditional) scored a game-high 24 points, including three free throws in the final 17 seconds, to lead Loyola, Md., over Fairfield in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Fairfield opened the game with 13 straight points. All five starters scored during the run. Loyola retaliated with a 16-2 run over the next seven minutes. Fairfield led, 35-32, at halftime.

The teams traded leads during the second half.

Clifford Strong came off the bench to score 20 points and grab 13 rebounds for Loyola. Four Fairfield starters scored 10 or more points, led by Darren Phillip's 15.

The win snapped a seven-game losing streak for Loyola.

St. Peter's 61, Marist 54

POUGHKEEPSIE -- Ricky Bellinger scored 17 points and Kamaal McQueen had 13 as St. Peter's took advantage of Marist's poor first half shooting to beat the Red Foxes in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Bo Larragan had 23 points for Marist, but the Red Foxes were hurt by 21 percent shooting in the first half that put them down 33-19 at the break.

St. Peter's (7-10, 5-4) held off Marist in the second, despite being outscored 35-28 and only shooting 34 percent. Marist (11-6, 4-5) also got 12 points and 10 rebounds from Drew Samuels.

La Salle 98, St. Joseph's 95 (2 OT)

PHILADELPHIA -- Donnie Carr scored 28 points and Rasaul Butler added 19, including two crucial free throws with five seconds left in the second overtime, as La Salle defeated St. Joseph's in the A-10.

The score was tied at 84-84 after the first overtime before La Salle (8-9, 4-3) went on an 11-3 spurt, including two three-pointers by Butler and a trey by Carr to take a 95-87 edge with 2:43 left.

The Hawks (9-10, 3-4) then went on an 8-1 run to come within 96-95 with 17 seconds to go, but Butler's two free throws clinched the victory.

Carr added a career-high 11 assists and played the entire 50 minutes for the Explorers along with Butler and Victor Thomas. N'aim Crenshaw scored a career-high 24 points while Andre Howard had 22 points and 12 rebounds for St. Joe's, which had won the last six meetings between the crosstown rivals coming into the game.

George Washington 81, Rhode Island 74

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Shawnta Rogers scored 26 points, including 19 after the break, as George Washington (11-5, 5-1) held off Rhode Island (10-9, 3-3) in the A-10.

The lead changed hands seven times in the second half before Rogers hit both ends of a technical foul to tie it at 63-63 with 5:55 remaining. Mike King followed with a basket a half minute later to give George Washington the lead for good.

Rhode Island's Antonio Reynolds-Dean scored a season-high 23 points, while Lamar Odom added 16. Yegor Mescheriakov and Mike King had 17 points apiece for George Washington.

Xavier 93, Virginia Tech 69

CINCINNATI -- James Posey and Lenny Brown scored 22 points each to lead Xavier to its 10th consecutive victory, a win over Virginia Tech in the A-10.

Xavier (15-4, 7-0) tied a school record with 12 three-pointers. The Musketeers made just 14 of 46 three-point shots in their previous three games. Brown and Posey each made four three-pointers against the Hokies (6-10, 1-6).

Ohio U. 75, Bowling Green 68

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- Sanjay Adell scored 24 points and LaDrell Whitehead added 18 to lead Ohio (13-5, 8-2) over Bowling Green (11-6, 3-3) in the Mid-American Conference.

Shaun Stonerook had 16 points and led the Bobcats with 12 rebounds and four assists; Anthony Stacey had 22 points and Keith McLeod scored 19 to lead the Falcons.

Rutgers 72, Notre Dame 70

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Geoff Billet hit a leaning jumper over Martin Ingelsby as time expired to give Rutgers (12-6, 5-4) a Big East win over Notre Dame (10-10, 4-5).

Billet finished with 14 points for Rutgers; Earl Johnson led the team with 15. Ingelsby scored 22 points to lead Notre Dame.

Miami (Ohio) 63, Marshall 55

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Wally Szczerbiak scored 28 points, including the go-ahead basket, to lead Miami of Ohio (13-4, 8-1) past Marshall (11-7, 6-5) in the Mid-American Conference.

Szczerbiak also grabbed 10 rebounds as Miami won for the sixth time in seven games; Marshall lost for the first time in 10 home games.

Columbia 76, Cornell 65

NEW YORK -- Gary Raimondo (St. Joe's) scored 29 points to lead Columbia (7-9, 2-2) to an Ivy League victory over Cornell (6-10, 1-3).

Raimondo shot 5 for 8 on three-pointers and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. He scored 10 points in an 18-5 burst that helped the Lions take a 36-25 halftime lead.

Wallace Prather led Cornell with 15 points.

Colgate 65, Lafayette 57

EASTON, Pa. -- Chester Felts scored 17 points and Jordan Harris added nine and 16 rebounds as Colgate (10-9, 4-1) defeated Lafayette (13-5, 4-1) in the Patriot League.

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