Minutemen Triumph Over Temple, 66-65
Jan 24, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) - Art Bowers nailed a three-point basket with 31 seconds to play to give Massachusetts a 66-65 victory over Temple in an Atlantic 10 Conference game Saturday at Mullins Center.
The loss deprived Temple Hall of Fame coach John Chaney of recording his 700th career victory.
UMass (6-11, 1-5 Atlantic 10) surrendered a 23-point lead in the second half before falling behind 65-62 with 1:32 to play. The win snapped a seven-game losing streak for the Minutemen.
Temple (6-9, 1-4 Atlantic 10) trailed 39-22 at halftime before staging 18-2 and 11-0 runs in the second half to go ahead. David Hawkins wound up with a game-high 22 points after scoring only three in the first half. Mardy Collins added 16 for the Owls.
Bowers went 7-for-11 from the field and led UMass with 19 points. Rashaun Freeman had 16 points and Anthony Anderson 12 for UMass.
Except for a 4-2 deficit at the start, UMass had things all its own way in the first half.
Back-to-back three-pointers by Brennan Martin put the Minutemen in front 21-9 after 10 minutes.
The Minutemen led by as many as 22 points (39-17) with 1:10 to play in the first half. They shot 63.6 percent from the field before intermission.
Temple shot 24.3 percent in the first half, with 23-point scorer Hawkins getting only one basket.
UMass men's basketball returns to action this Wednesday, January 28th as it hosts Fordham. The opening tip is slated for 7:00 p.m.