Owls Soar Over Hawks, Keep Tourney Hopes Alive

Temple 79, Saint Joe's 65

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Ryan Brooks had 19 points to lead four players in double figures and lift Temple over Saint Joseph's 79-65 in the Atlantic-10 Conference Tournament on Thursday.

Big man Sergio Olmos had 14 points and Semaj Inge and Craig Williams added 12 apiece for the defending A-10 champion Owls (20-11).

Tasheed Carr matched his career high with 23 points and Ahmad Nivins had 21 points and 14 rebounds for the Hawks (17-15).

The Owls controlled most of the game and cruised to the victory.

The win kept the Owls hopes alive for a bid in the NCAA Tournament. St. Joe's now must wait to see if they earn an NIT bid.

Next up for the Owls is No. 19 Xavier in a semifinal game Friday.

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