3-Pointers Lift #19 Temple Over UMass, 76-64
Jan. 16, 2010
PHILADELPHIA - #19 Temple used some red-shot shooting from 3-point range to knock off UMass, 76-64, on Saturday afternoon at the Liacouras Center. The Owls (15-3, 3-0 A-10) converted 14-of-25 3-pointers including senior Ryan Brooks canning a career-best 7-of-12 from beyond the arc. Brooks led all scorers with a career-high 29 points. UMass (7-10, 1-3) was led by junior Anthony Gurley, who scored 20 points. Senior Ricky Harris added 11, his 27th game in a row in double-figures.
Temple's Juan Fernandez added 15 points including 4-of-5 from 3-point land. Temple's total of 14 3-pointers, was one shy of the UMass opponent record for a game. Back in 2003, St. Bonaventure was 15-of-35 from 3-point range. Brooks was also one shy of the UMass opponent individual record for treys. Shan Foster made eight 3-pointers for Vanderbilt on Jan. 5, 2008.
The Minutemen showed great fortitude in the second half keeping Temple without a basket for 7:18 and cutting the Owl lead to just seven at 58-51 on a 3-pointer by Javorn Farrell with 8:41 left in the second half. But Fernandez answered with a bomb to end the drought and regain a double-figure lead at 63-51 with 7:43 left in regulation.
The Minutemen cut the deficit to nine twice in the final four minutes, but couldn't get any closer.
UMass, which trailed by as many as 22 with 6:08 left in the first half, rallied back to cut the halftime margin to just 11, at 41-30. The Minutemen ended the first half with a 14-5 spurt. But Temple started the second half with its own run, of 11-2 to rebuild a 20-point edge at 52-32 on Brooks' seventh 3-pointer of the game with 16:46 left in the second half.
The Minutemen got the game to a 10-point spread at 58-48 on a Terrell Vinson 3-point play with 11:06 left in the second half.
Temple was just blistering from trifecta land all day. Temple made 9-fo-14 3-point field goals in the first half to open up a margin as big as 22 points and led 41-30 at halftime. Brooks (16 first-half points) scored his 1000th career point on his fourth 3-pointer of the game, giving Temple a 30-13 lead with 7:47 left in the first half.
Temple began the game hot from 3-point range making 7-of-10 to start the game. The Owls used a 13-0 run including two treys by Fernandez and another by Brooks to take a 24-9 lead with 12:02 left in the first half. That extended to a 16-point edge on a third trifecta by Fernandez. Temple forced UMass into eight turnovers in the game's first 10 minutes.
The Minutemen are in the midst of a stretch of four of five games away from the Mullins Center with the lone game at home coming up. UMass will host St. Bonaventure next Wednesday at 7 p.m. and play at No. 22 Baylor next Saturday.
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