Taste of Chaos

The countdown had begun as the Avenged Sevenfold timer reached 10 seconds. The Sovereign Bank Center in Camden was completely dark besides the glow from the giant wall monitors that showed the image of the winged Avenged Sevenfold skull head and the red digital numbers ticking away the moments until M. Shadows (vocals), Zacky Vengeance (guitars), Johnny Christ (bass), Synyster Gates (guitars) and The Rev (drums) would come out from backstage and give the crowd what they had waited nearly three hours to see: that nasty metal-core thrash they love so much. One! Zero! Finally, the wait was over.

Sounds of automatic assault rifle shots filled the arena and images of our nation’s finest running and shooting in what appeared to be Iraq came across the large screens. Moments later, the sound of an organ filled the air. The crowd exploded into cheers of approval as the black drape hiding the stage fell to the ground and the images of Avenged Sevenfold were illuminated by the stage lights. The chaos had truly started and only grew more satisfying with every music note.

Avenged Sevenfold’s high-energy performance radiated into the crowd, causing explosions of instant circle and mosh pits, as Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance’s harmonizing guitar solos ripped through the air. They started their set with Critical Acclaim, from their latest self titled release, then took the crowd back in time with Chapter Four, a track from their 2003 album, Waking the Fallen.

One after the other, Avenged Sevenfold fired off song after song effortlessly. Images and mini videos projected on the side stage screens, illustrating every song they played, as pyrotechnics added a rock star flare. M. Shadows only stopped to talk every once in a while, chatting with the crowd, making jokes about Johnny Christ, laughing and reminiscing with his fellow band mates about how their first experience in Philadelphia was an intimidating one. They told us to go back to 1986, Shadows commented.

That was definitely not the case six years later.

Ever since their breakthrough to the mainstream limelight, Avenged Sevenfold has endured this type of stereotypical ‘sellout’ attitude from the cities they’ve played in and people they’ve performed for, from both the metal and hardcore scene. “People were labeling us with metal,” Zacky Vengeance said in a telephone interview.

Their musical creativity of incorporating different styles of music and showing great artistic courage was misunderstood by many and resulted in unwanted labels.

“A metal band that does different things or a hardcore band that plays punk rock with metal influences,” Zacky said about things they were called.

What they really wanted to do was eliminate all presumed notions of Avenged Sevenfold – prove themselves as innovative musicians and “try to be the best song writers that we can be as opposed to a good metal band…we just want to write great songs.”

Mission accomplished.

The Taste of Chaos crowd cheered endlessly, moshed continuously, and sang along with every song. They ended the show with “Gunslinger,” Avenged Sevenfold’s tribute to the United States troops fighting in Iraq. ‘USA’ was chanted right before the band started to play and a feeling of heavy metal patriotism filled the air.

The guys said good night, only to take the stage a final time with an encore performance of the Danny Elfman inspired song “A Little Piece of Heaven,” complete with the animated featurette on the stage side monitors. Confetti snowed down from above, as the tale of two lovers deceased and damned was performed by these enthralling musicians.

It was a night worth saving to the memory as one of the best concerts ever attended. With opening acts from all over the rock spectrum, local and national (Bullet for My Valentine and Atreyu preceded A7X) and even the world (metal bands from Japan), who could ask for a more gratifying Taste of Chaos?

Avenged Sevenfold’s set list included:
Critical Acclaim
Chapter Four
Afterlife
Unholy Confessions
Beast and The Harlot
Bat Country
Seize the Day
Almost Easy
Scream
Gunslinger
A Little Piece of Heaven

You can contact DaVonne Armstrong at tua26883@temple.edu.

The Joys of Bowling

Contrary to popular belief, bowling is a sport! Though bowling doesn’t involve any fancy footwork like basketball, there is still a skill set to be mastered. What’s even more astonishing is that when one participates in bowling, an exercise benefit comes into play.

Depending on body weight, a person can burn anywhere from 177 to 259 calories during a single hour of bowling, according to www.nutristrategy.com.

Think about it. The average bowler uses a ball between 8-15 pounds, which is equivalent to using an 8-15 pound weight at the gym. Bowling exercises numerous muscles and bones in the body including the arms, legs, knees, hips, shoulders and back. Arm strength is a must to be able to throw the ball down the lane at 10-20 miles per hour.

Just like in any other sport, warming up and stretching are key essentials to tip-top performance. One vital warm-up exercise is the grip exercise. This aids in strengthening muscles in the hand to gain a better grip on the bowling ball. If you’re concerned about strengthening your grip, try some of the exercises listed at ehow.com.

A large number of professional bowlers have a high injury rate in shoulders, hips, knees, elbows and wrists. It is definitely important to warm up, stretch and practice some of the preparation movements before participating in a game of bowling.

Here are two of the most exciting bowling alleys to visit around the city:

Lucky Strikes bowling alley, located in the heart of Center City, is a nightlife mecca. According to the bowling alley’s website, it’s “America’s first true bowling lounge.” A trip to the Lucky Strikes lanes after 9 p.m. runs at about $10.90 per person, which includes one game and shoe rental.

Brunswick Adams Lanes, located on the 600 block of Foulkrod St., is the place for family bowling. The 48-lane bowling alley offers an arcade, lounge and a snack bar. Adams Lanes is also a price buster; a one-person game is only $7.40, including shoe rental.

So the next time you’re feeling like a couch-potato and not up for going to the gym, call up a few friends and take a trip to Lucky Strikes or Adams Lanes to knock down a few pins. You’ll burn a few calories and have fun all at the same time.

You can contact Tye Renwrick at beyahtye@temple.edu

They're Back

After a horrendous week, the Flyers seem to be getting hot at the right time as they now have six games left to make their playoff push. They have finally been able to get out of eighth place in the Eastern Conference and are closing in on sixth with a forthcoming showdown against the Rangers.

On Tuesday, the Flyers faced the Atlanta Thrashers and it was their last matchup against a non-division opponent. It was a slow start, but after that, it was all Flyers until the last minute of the third period. The Flyers still might have been shaking off the 7-1 loss to the Penguins two days before. Atlanta scored less than a minute into the game, before Mike Richards tied it. The game remained tied until Jeff Carter deflected in a shot by Kimmo Timonen with three seconds left in the second stanza. The game looked to be in the bag when Vinny Prospal got a great pass from Danny Briere and put it by the goaltender.

However, Atlanta was not done yet. With 30 seconds left and the goaltender pulled, Atlanta scored and cut the lead to one. They continued to put pressure on and the Flyers did not cover their best player. Ilya Kovalchuk was open in front of the net and received a pass, but was denied by Antero Niittymaki to save the game. It was his best save of the night. With the win, he stayed perfect against the Thrashers.

Friday night was the beginning of the end of the Flyers’ season that would make or break their playoff hopes. The Rangers were in town as the Flyers began an eight-game schedule against their Atlantic Division rivals.

Richards stayed red-hot after coming off an injury by scoring the game’s first goal. He stole the puck and went in on a breakaway. The Rangers had started their back-up goalie, whom had shut the Flyers out twice at home. It stayed like this until Briere scored on a wrap-around to give the Flyers some insurance.

But this game was far from over. The Rangers scored twice in less than two minutes and we had a new game with six minutes to go. Briere struck again and there was a sigh of relief, but the Rangers scored again and tied the game with less than two minutes to go. Overtime came and went; the two teams headed for a shootout.

The Flyers had won only one shootout in six tries this year and were 0-2 against the team from New York. Fortunes seemed to change, as it was all Flyers in the shootout. Richards and Carter both tallied and Marty Biron stopped both shots for the win. The Flyers moved into seventh place, but were back in eighth before their next game on Sunday.

The other team from New York was at the Wachovia Center for an Easter Sunday tilt. The Islanders had no chance as the Flyers second ranked power-play controlled the game. The combination of Briere and Prospal continued to build chemistry, as they both scored goals with the man-advantage. Braydon Coburn also scored on the power-play. Scott Hartnell added the fourth goal and the Flyers won easily 4-1. The Fly Guys improved to 6-1 against the Isles this year with one matchup remaining.

You can contact Colin Fry at colin.fry@temple.edu.

Sixers: Week 20

For all of those people out there who were afraid to admit that they are 76ers fans, this week was the week to confess. The Sixers had an intense week and came out with two really tough wins.

On Wednesday night, the team played the Denver Nuggets. This game was huge for the Sixers, due to Allen Iverson’s return to Philly. The game was played to a sold-out crowd that came to see their old favorite return home.

The game was back-and-forth on the score board. If at one moment the Sixers had the lead, the Nuggets fought to take it until they did. The duo of Andre Miller and Andre Iguodala had a lot to do with the final outcome of the game. The two Andres worked beautifully together to lead the team to a win.

Miller led the team with 28 points, while Iguodala scored 21 points. Samuel Dalembert brought 17 points and 12 rebounds to the table. Willie Green also had a good game, adding 16 points to the final score of Sixers 115, Nuggets 113.

The next game was against the Magic in Orlando. The Sixers played a great game, but the Magic came out of the chute with something to prove after losing a close game earlier in the week. With a mentality like that, the Sixers would have needed to fight harder to come away with a win.

Louis Williams was the leading scorer for Philadelphia with 18 points. Iguodala had 14 points, while Rodney Carney added 11 to the final score of Magic 113, Sixers 95.

Last Saturday night, the Sixers faced the New Jersey Nets at the Wachovia Center. The Nets appeared to have the upper hand for a good portion of the game, but in the end, the Sixers were able to walk away with a win. The final score was Sixers 91, Nets 87.

Iguodala had a great game, scoring more than half of his 28 points in the second quarter. Miller had 21 points, while Williams added 15 points to the win. Dalembert also had a good game with 11 points, 18 rebounds and 5 blocks.

For all of the newly out-of-the-closet Sixers fans, this week is one not to miss. They face-off against the Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls and the Phoenix Suns.

You can contact Noelle Roby at noelle.roby@temple.edu .

The Big Five of Philly: March Madness

Villanova

So far in the tourney ‘Nova has proven to everyone that it belongs. On Friday, the 12th-seeded Wildcats pulled off a shocking upset of fifth-seeded Clemson with a 75-69 victory. Sophomore guard Scottie Reynolds led the Cats with 21 points, while freshman guard Corey Fisher added 17.

The team overcame an 18-point deficit late in the first half, due in part to their 50 percent shooting from the field for the game. They were also stellar from the charity stripe, making 24-of-29 free throws.

The upset was part of an amazing turn of events in Tampa, where each game was won by the lower seed. Fellow 12th-seed Western Kentucky beat fifth-seeded Drake, while No. 13 seeds San Diego and Siena dropped No. 4 seeds Connecticut and Vanderbilt.

‘Nova continued to roll on Sunday, defeating fellow over-achievers Siena by the score of 84-72. Reynolds again led the Cats, this time with 25 points and also had eight rebounds and five assists. Freshman guard Corey Stokes contributed 20 points. ‘Nova again shot well, posting a 53 percent clip from the field. It was a wire to wire victory as Siena never led in the game.

The Wildcats have now reached the Sweet 16 for the third time in the last four years. They will have their work cut out for them when they face top-seeded Kansas on Friday.

Temple

The Owls were overmatched in their first trip to the tournament since 2001. Michigan St. stifled the Temple offense and won 72-61. Junior guard Dionte Christmas was held to a mere three points on 1-of-12 shooting from the field, according to the Associated Press. As a team, Temple shot only 37 percent from the field, including 6-of-23 from 3-point range. Senior guard Mark Tyndale did his best to pick up the slack in his final game as an Owl, scoring 16 points.

The Spartans took a 30-17 lead in the first half and never looked back. The Owls trailed by as many as 19 in the second half, but cut it down to as little as 10 late in the second half to at least make things interesting.

The loss wraps up a successful season for Temple. They will be hurt by the loss of seniors Tyndale and Chris Clark. However, with a conference tournament championship under their belts and some promising young players returning, the Owls will be looking to make a deeper run next year.

St. Joseph’s

The Hawks, who received an at-large bid after losing to Temple in the A10 championship, lost to Oklahoma in their first-round game by the score of 72-64. Senior forward Rob Ferguson had 21 points for the Hawks, who were again hurt by their inconsistent defense. They allowed the Sooners to shoot 57 percent from the field.

Senior guard Pat Calathes had his second poor performance in a row, scoring just six points on 2-of-11 shooting from the field. Oklahoma built a 19-point lead early in the second half following a 25-6 run. The Hawks hung around, though. They got all the back to within four with under four minutes to play but couldn’t close the gap completely.

The loss concludes an up-and-down season for the Hawks. They showed flashes of brilliance, like when they upset Xavier twice in a two-week span earlier this month. However, they had been unable to put together a string of good games recently and it was their inconsistency that got them in the end. They will be hurt by the loss of seniors Calathes and Ferguson, but like Temple, they have some skilled underclassmen who will keep them competitive next year.

You can contact Matt Lettieri at SportsRec@campusphilly.org.

Declaring a Minor

In college, it seems to be a difficult task to choose a major when there are infinite amounts of possible career paths right at your finger tips. Once that decision becomes a concrete one, the possibility of a minor may seem like too much of a consideration on top of your already bogged down schedule. In my sophomore year of college at Temple University, I became obsessed with tweaking my resume and decided that a minor may be just the right additive to my major. I was correct.

I had always worked while in college and wrote for the Temple University newspaper, so having a busy schedule was nothing new to me. When I had realized that I could potentially graduate a semester early, I decided that adding a minor would add an extra kick to my resume, allow me to graduate right on time and give me a taste of another subject without having to declare another major.

The beautiful thing about a minor is that in most cases you are only taking about six classes, while expanding your potential career paths and job opportunities. For someone like me, who is constantly interested in many subjects in school, I could enjoy my Communications major and have the opportunity to strengthen my literary and written skills with my English minor.

Adding a minor is a good thing. “It shows that the student went above and beyond what he or she had to do to get a degree,” according to Barbara DiAlberto, a college advisor and consultant in Florida. DiAlberto wrote a manifesto titled “College Tips from a College Advisor,” where she had helped students through her article “Choosing a Minor” found on CollegeOutlook.net.

It is always a possibility that after you complete many of your college classes, you may find yourself wanting to take a new direction. Having that minor tagging along side of your major can open a new career path while not consuming your time completely, as adding another major very well can do.

Being that many majors have a broad horizon, such as Communications, having a minor can maintain your focus and strengths on one particular area. In my case, I have focused on the journalism and magazine angle of communications, and having the English minor allowed employers and teachers alike to see that I had a strong commitment to enhancing my writing skills.

Interestingly enough, many of my friends found themselves taking extra classes in other subject areas and being able to declare a minor without realizing they had completed all of the requirements. Such examples included Accounting majors with a minor in Human Resources or Marketing and even nursing majors declaring a minor in Public Health.

Presently I have been offered the position of Circulation Assistant at Philadelphia Magazineand when speaking with my supervisor, she had noticed my minor on my resume and felt a sense of trust in my extra skills that I could bring to the job. I believe that having the minor added a cherry on top of my resume, which helped me to stick out positively amongst my peers who were also interested in the job I was offered. I strongly recommend the decision to declare a minor within one’s college career. I treat my minor as an extra parachute to catch me if I ever find myself straying away from my BA in Communications which I will be receiving in May.

You can contact Giavanna Ippolito at Tua04031@temple.edu.

Horrorpops Review

From start to finish the crazy jazz-blues punk rock fusion of The HorrorPops had the crowd pumped and jiving where they stood on Mar. 8 at the Trocadero. There wasn’t one still figure in the room.

Thanks to opening acts, The Cute Lepers and Pink Spiders, The HorrorPops ran out on stage to an already amped crowed. They immediately started their set with “Freaks In Uniforms,” from their sophomore album, Bring It On!, resulting in a wave of cheers. Young kids were bopping, older fans were swing dancing and even those who seemed to be weaker dancers were twisting to the groove. After that, a storm of rapid pace rockabilly-style tracks from all three of their albums, including the latest, KissKissKillKill, transformed the Trocadero into a 1950s dance hall with an added punk edge.

Singer/upright bassist Patricia Day would stop every three or four songs to talk to the crowd and insisted that the only answer to a question from the HorrorPops was “Hell yeah!” (which explains the title of their debut album). With their trusted HorrorPops dancers/backing vocalist to the band’s left and right, Tweek and Philadelphia native Rita added that extra spice and flair to the band’s already hot show.

Fully equipped with black and white striped knee high socks, puffy tutu skirts, dark eye make up and blonde mo-hawks, these two girls wowed the crowd with their exaggerated dance moves and simple props, including the famous HorrorPops lollipop from the “Misstake” music video.

After the HorrorPops played what seemed like every song on every album they’ve ever had, they took their bows, thanked the crowed and walked off stage. But the crowd wouldn’t let them go. “One more song!” they shouted, demanding that the HorrorPops come back and feed their need. Only two minutes went by before the band reentered the stage and played two more songs for their rowdy punk rock fans. Smiles on their faces, Patricia (vocals/bass), Nekroman (guitar/vocals), Niedermier (Drums/vocals), Tweek and Rita took another bow and exited the stage to a fully satisfied crowd.

The HorrorPops played an numerous amount of songs from all three of their albums including: “Freaks In Uniforms,” “Julia,” “Drama Queen,” “Miss Take,” “Where They Wonder,” “Kool Flattop,” “Baby Lou Tattoo,” “Walk Like A Zombie,” “Trapped,” “Missfit,” “Heading for the Disco” and many more.

You can contact DaVonne Armstrong at tua26883@temple.edu.

Randall of Nazareth

Randy Huth has shown himself time and time again not to be a man confined by the boundaries of genre. In former power trio, Pearls & Brass, Randall showcased his mastery of heavy, dirty rock and blues guitar, recalling the likes of Cream, Mountain, and Led Zeppelin. His exquisite playing was enough even to land him a blurb in Guitar Playermagazine.

Despite the beginnings of what may have been a critically acclaimed career, Pearls & Brass disbanded in 2007. In addition to his solo effort, released under the moniker Randall of Nazareth, Huth now serves as the touring bassist of Philly punk band, Pissed Jeans. One may surmise that this man’s interest in music spans a wider range than that of the average musician.

Hailing from the small town of Nazareth, PA, Randall now resides in Philadelphia. Being from a town that boasts little more than the fame of Martin Guitar’s headquarters, he is no stranger to the acoustic guitar.

In his solo debut, Randall of Nazareth skillfully blends musical ideas from folk, blues, and even Indian raga to bring us eight ethereal tunes played almost exclusively on his resonator guitar. Although his music is at times reminiscent of a bluesy Nick Drake on a serious Ravi Shankar kick, make no mistake: Randall of Nazareth is not just another solo artist utilizing whisper-soft vocals and heartfelt tunes. Huth’s guitar playing and musical ideas are a force to be reckoned with.

This album is clearly a home production – there is no mistake about that. This set of songs was recorded on a digital 8-track machine most likely in Randall’s spare time. Audible coughing and wheezing in tact, the sparse production style on Huth’s first solo effort serve to provide a more ‘real’ atmosphere for his intimate songs that speak for themselves.

The opening track on the album is titled “Safety in the Sand.” Huth’s precision in the department of finger-picked acoustic guitar and blues make themselves well known from the start. A single droning plucked bass note persists throughout the composition with an intricate melodic line that weaves around the listener’s head. The same motive is scarcely repeated twice.

The second track, “Climbing Trees,” features a complex, fast-paced picking pattern backed by the jangling of bells or chimes. The movements of this track leave one to recount a stream of smoke that swirls around and around in the cold winter’s air before slowly dwindling to nothingness. By the time “It’s Nice To Know,” is being pumped into the listener’s skull, Randall of Nazareth’s tendency to uncover intricate beauty in darkness becomes clear. This recurring theme is a prevalent one throughout the course of the album. Haunting compositions and bleak doubled vocals may send chills up your spine as Huth sings repeatedly “We haven’t woke the sun in several months now / But it always sings you to sleep.”

Other standout tracks on this record include the droning “The Way,” played almost entirely on hammered dulcimer (a noted departure from Huth’s normal instrumentation) and the heart-wrenching “Ballad of a Sorry Lonely Breaking Man.” Despite the seemingly overly melancholy title, Huth’s convincing delivery and eerie vocal harmonies make this track one of the most memorable on the album.

Randall of Nazareth ends his solo endeavor on a slightly more optimistic note than is present during the majority of the songs. “Read Your Name,” is a fairly upbeat bluesy folk number in which Randall professes, “I’ll never let you down child / Remember that I’m here.”

In all, Randall of Nazareth’s debut effort forms a cohesive whole. Its only downfall is in its brevity. Consisting of beautifully finger-picked haunting melodies that weave around droning chords, these songs will linger in the listener’s psyche long after the album has finished.

You can contact James Appello at tua44569@temple.edu.

Community College of Philadelphia Foundation Online Auction

Are you in the market for a Panic at the Disco jam session, an airplane sightseeing tour for two, a Bose SoundDock, an acupuncture session, box seats for the Phillies, tea for two at the Mary Cassat Tea Room in the Rittenhouse Hotel or a variety of other goodies?

You’re in luck because now through April 11th, the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation will be holding its third annual online auction through which all of these items are available. With the click of your mouse, you can bid on any of the auction lots, with all proceeds benefiting the city’s only public college.

Through an online bid and purchase, not only will you be getting a great deal (as all items start at 50 percent of their face value), but you will also be donating to a worthy cause. The Community College of Philadelphia Foundation is the fundraising arm of the local college and works to enhance students’ educational experiences and resources by providing them with the means to support the college’s mission. According to the Community College of Philadelphia’s website, “the college serves Philadelphia by preparing its students to be informed and concerned citizens, active participants in the cultural life of the city, and enabled to meet the changing needs of business, industry and the professions.”

In the 2006-2007 school year, more than 700 students were supported with $1.4 million in scholarships administered and granted by the Foundation and the College’s Office of Institutional Advancement. Elise Morgan, the college’s director of Development/Fundraising Events explains, “Our division — Office of Institutional Advancement — annually raises about $7 million in gifts and grants. The Foundation raises about $500,000 annually in private funds and special events. With the help of more than 200 businesses and individuals across the Greater Philadelphia region, the college raised nearly $20,000 (net) through its first two online auctions.”

Every year efforts grow and this year, the auction is hoping to raise the most money ever. Through a series of e-mails sent to approximately 26,000 students, retirees, employees and volunteers of the college and its foundation, the auction has widened the number of in-kind donors and bidders. Donations range from tickets for cultural outings, concerts and sporting events to gift certificates for spa treatments, fine dining and adventure outings, such as zip line tree canopy tour for two down Spring Mountain. The foundation continues to seek in-kind donations and will be accepting them through April 7.

The funds raised help ensure an established path for students to meet their academic and career aspirations and goals. Contribute to this cause through the online auction and snag a great deal for yourself too!

To view the auction items and make a bid, visit the auction website.

For more information, contact Elise Morgan at emorgan@ccp.edu or at (215) 751-8022.

You can contact Kim Sorren at community@campusphilly.org.

The Big Five: Championship Week

Temple (21-12 overall, 11-5 Atlantic 10, Conference Tournament Champions)

After enjoying a first round bye in the A10 tournament, the Owls faced La Salle in the second round and won 84-75 in a roller coaster of a game. Junior guard Dionte Christmas led the Owls with 29 points. Senior guard Mark Tyndale added 14 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists, while junior center Sergio Almos also contributed 14 points. The Owls had led by as many as 14 in the second half and led by six with under three minutes remaining. The Explorers then went on an 8-0 run to take the lead just before Temple scored the final 11 points to close the deal. It the Owls’ second straight win against La Salle, who they beat 85-66 in their last regular season game on March 8.

On Friday, Temple beat Charlotte 60-45 in the semifinals. Tyndale had 20 points and 15 rebounds for the Owls, who held their opponent to just 27 percent shooting from the field in a stellar defensive effort. Senior guard Chris Clark added 13 points.

The win on Friday set Temple up for a showdown against rival St. Joseph’s in the A10 championship game. The Owls pulled out their biggest win in years, defeating the Hawks 69-64. Christmas was clutch with 22 points, while sophomore forward Ryan Brooks added 15.Tyndale did it all with eight points, nine rebounds, and seven assists. Temple started out cold, missing 10 of their first 11 shots. Still, they trailed by only seven at halftime, before opening the second half on a 16-2 run that gave them the lead for good.

St. Joseph’s (21-12 overall, 9-7 Atlantic 10)

In the first round of the A10 tournament, the Hawks defeated Fordham 80-62. The Hawks jumped out on a 21-3 run in the first half to put the game out of reach early. Junior guard Tasheed Carr had 16 points and seven assists, while senior guard Pat Calathes had 23 points and seven rebounds. The Hawks shot an impressive 57 percent overall.

In the quarter finals, the Hawks beat Richmond 61-47. Senior forward Rob Ferguson had 16 points, while junior forward Ahmad Nivins added 13. The Hawks went on a 16-0 run early in the first half that gave them a lead they would never relinquish. The Spiders were held to just 37 percent shooting from the field.

The Hawks had a rematch in the semifinals with No. 12 Xavier, whom they beat on March 6. St. Joseph’s won again this time by the score of 61-53. Calathes had 24 points and eight rebounds, while Nivins added 15. The Hawks’ defense was relentless, holding the Musketeers to just 37 percent shooting and their lowest point total of the season. Xavier only managed one basket outside the paint the whole game. The Hawks used a 15-0 run starting near the end of the first half to take control.

In the loss to Temple in the A10 championship game, Nivins led the Hawks with 18 points. Calathes scored 14 in a below average performance, in which he shot only 2-of-10 from beyond the arc and committed 5 turnovers.

Villanova (20-12 overall, 9-9 Big East)

In its first round game in the Big East Tournament, ‘Nova routed Syracuse 82-63 behind 11-21 shooting from 3-point range. The Wildcats outscored the Orange by 20 in the second half after going on an 8-0 run in the final minute of the first half to cut the halftime deficit to 1. Sophomore guard Scottie Reynolds scored 22 points and freshman guard Corey Stokes added 18. ‘Nova dominated the glass, out rebounding the Orange 40-27 while grabbing 14 offensive boards.

The Wildcats faced Georgetown in the second round and coincidentally lost by the same score, 82-63. This time, the Wildcats were on the wrong side of a 3-point barrage. According to the Associated Press, Georgetown tied a Big East tournament record by scoring 17 3-pointers and shot 60 percent from beyond the arc. ‘Nova was down by 15 late in the first half, but shot off a 26-9 run to take the lead midway through the second half. However, the Hoyas’ torrid shooting proved to be too much to overcome in the end. Reynolds led the Cats with 13 points, despite missing significant time in the second half.

La Salle (15-17 overall, 8-8 Atlantic 10)

Before losing to Temple in the second round of the A10 tournament, La Salle beat Duquesne in its first round match-up by the score of 82-79. Sophomore guard Rodney Green, who led the team with 22 points, made what became the game-winning free-throw with 23.8 seconds remaining. Senior guard Darnell Harris, who had 21 points, made a big game-tying 3-pointer with just under a minute remaining.

In the loss to Temple, Green had 20 points and Harris had 18. The Explorers fought back from an early second half deficit with a 15-2 run, with 6 of those points coming from Green. La Salle’s season is now likely over unless they get invited to play in the National Invitation Tournament.

Penn (13-18 overall, 8-6 Ivy League)

In its final game of the season, Penn defeated Princeton 60-47. The Quakers were led by freshman forward Jack Eggleston with 15 points and freshman guard Tyler Bernardini with 11. In his final college game, senior guard Brian Grandieri added 10 points and eight rebounds. The win concluded a disappointing season for the Quakers, but they have a lot to look forward to next season. They will lose only three players to graduation and their young team should be much improved after a season of experience.

NCAA Tournament

With its Atlantic 10 tournament championship, Temple secured a spot in the big dance for the first time since 2001, when they reached the Elite 8. They earned a No. 12 seed in the South Region and will face No. 5 seed Michigan St. in the first round on Thursday in Denver, CO. They enter the tournament with a seven-game winning streak, their longest of the season.

Despite losing to Temple, St. Joseph’s was given an at-large bid to play in the tournament for the first time since 2004 when they made a trip to the Elite 8. They are a No. 11 seed in the East Region and will play No. 6 seed Oklahoma in Birmingham, AL on Friday.

After an up-and-down season, Villanova made the tournament field for the fourth straight season after squeaking in with an at-large bid. They are the No. 12 seed in the Midwest Region and will face No. 5 seed Clemson in Tampa, FL on Friday.

You can contact Matt Lettieri at SportsRec@campusphilly.org.