Temple 68, Saint Joseph's 59

PHILADELPHIA -- Dionte Christmas scored 23 points and Sergio Olmos had 14 as Temple defeated longtime city rival Saint Joseph's 68-59 Thursday night.

Craig Williams added 11 points for the Owls (18-11, 10-5 Atlantic 10), who defeated Saint Joe's for the fourth straight time.

Tasheed Carr had 22 points and Ahmad Nivins 17 points and 16 rebounds for the Hawks (15-14, 8-7), who lost their sixth game in seven starts.

Temple led 34-23 two minutes into the second half, but the Hawks scored 9 straight points capped by a Nivins slam to trail by 34-32.

Christmas and Williams hit 3-pointers, igniting a 13-0 spurt and a 47-32 Temple edge with 11 minutes to go. Saint Joseph's closed to 52-45 with 4:29 remaining, but Christmas made a nifty pass to Olmos for a layup, then hit a trey to put the game out of reach.

Christmas and Nivins went into the game tied for the league's scoring lead at 19 points per game.