Men’s College Basketball
Steve Zack and Cleon Roberts led La Salle with 10 points apiece.
SMU had plenty of fans on its trip to Philadelphia. SMU coach Larry Brown coached the Philadelphia 76ers for six seasons and led them to the 2001 NBA finals. Aaron McKie, the sixth man on that team, is now a Temple assistant coach.
Tony Hicks scored 18 points on 5 of 8 shooting and dished out five assists to lead Penn to a 67-56 victory over Niagara on Tuesday night.
Robert Johnson scored 20 points Tuesday night, Troy Williams added 15 and Indiana held off hard-charging Penn State 76-73 after a potentially tying 3-pointer was waved off by the officials and confirmed by a replay review.
Saint Joseph’s (6-7, 0-2) was led by 18 points from Bembry and 15 from Aaron Brown, but lost its third straight.
Cleon Roberts scored 17 and Steve Zack had 16 points and four blocked shots for the Explorers. Jerrell Wright grabbed 13 rebounds.
Quenton DeCosey scored 15 points to help Temple hold off Tulane 64-56 on Wednesday night for its sixth straight win.
Darrun Hilliard scored 21 points and No. 8 Villanova rebounded nicely from its first defeat of the season, pulling away from No. 24 St. John’s in the second half for a 90-72 victory Tuesday night.
It was the Big Ten home opener for Penn State, which fell to 0-3 in conference play and 12-4 overall.
D.J. Newbill scored 29 points for Penn State (12-2), which had its 10-game winning streak snapped. The Big Ten’s leading scorer was 5-of-11 shooting in the second half after going 6 of 7 in the first.
Steve Zack had a season-high 17 points, nine rebounds and a career-best five assists to lead La Salle over Pennsylvania 84-67 on Tuesday night.
Fueled by six players scoring in double figures and 54 percent shooting from the field, No. 7 Villanova overcame a seven-point second-half deficit to survive an early upset scare with a 92-67 win over NJIT on Tuesday.
Jordan Price scored 28 points, on 10-of-17 shooting, to help La Salle stay undefeated on the road in an 83-74 win over Hofstra on Tuesday.
Temple, which led 37-21 at the half, made 14 of 38 shots from inside the 3-point circle but went 16 of 33 behind the arc.
La Salle gained ground in the second half, outshooting the Eagles 15-11 in the first 13 minutes, then cut the lead to two, 56-54, on a 3-pointer by Jordan Price with 21 seconds to play.