Liacouras Hex Continues As UMass Falls At Temple, 80-70 In OT
Feb. 10, 2008
PHILADELPHIA - The Liacouras Center continued to be a house of horrors for UMass as the Minutemen lost for the 10th time in 11 all-time games at the arena as Temple beat UMass 80-70 in overtime on Sunday afternoon. The Owls outscored the Minutemen, 16-6 in the extra session. The Owls sent the game to overtime on a Chris Clark 3-pointer with 1:10 left in regulation. That was his only basket of the game.
In a game featuring the Atlantic 10's top three scorers (Forbes, Temple's Dionte Christmas and Harris) the trio combined for just 42 points. They all come into the game averaging more than 19 points.
UMass saw its last chance disappear when Forbes was called for an offensive foul with 1:04 left in overtime and on the ensuing possession, Allen made two free throws for the Owls, giving them a 74-68 lead with 54 seconds left.
Ryan Brooks' 3-pointer with 2:40 left in overtime gave the Owls a 71-68 lead.
Brower tied the game at 66 and 68 in the first two minutes of overtime on a driving lay-up and jumper to make it 66-66.
Brower blocked Temple's Chris Clark as time expired sending the game to overtime deadlocked at 64-64.
Temple's Chris Clark tied the game on a 3-pointer with 1:10 left, 64-64. Forbes gave UMass the 64-61 lead on a 3-pointer with 3:15 left in the second. Tony Gaffney's free throw had tied the game at 61-61 with 3:56 left.
The teams traded the lead seven times in four minutes with Harris and Christmas hitting back-to-back 3-pointers in the midst of the high-paced action as Temple took a 61-60 lead with 4:08 left in the second.
Temple re-took the lead at 54-53 on a jumper by Ryan Brooks with 6:38 left in the second. Brooks worked his way around a screen and popped the jumper in the lane.
Chris Lowe's 3-pointer with 9:56 gave UMass at 51-46 lead, its largest advantage to that point.
Brower single-handedly gave UMass its first lead since midway through the first half with 10 straight UMass points. He hit two 3-pointers, had a jumper and hanging-driving lay-up to give UMass a 48-46 lead with 10:36 left in the first half.
Gaffney made a mid-air steal of a pass and then proceeded to can just his second 3-pointer of the season to bring UMass to within two points at 40-38 with 14:16 left in regulation.
Temple came out strong in the second half as Olmos made two lay-ups and Christmas canned a 3-pointer to give the Owls a nine-point lead at 36-27 just 1:45 into the half.
Defense and poor shooting took over the final nine minutes of the first half as the teams stumbled to a 29-27 Temple lead at halftime. The teams scored just 12 points in the final 8:54. The teams combined to miss 21 of the final 25 shots of the first half with Temple making just 2 of 17 baskets to end the half. The A-10's top scorers Forbes and Christmas had three points apiece. They came into the game with 20-point averages each.
UMass and Temple stood deadlocked at 22-22 with 8:54 left in the first half. To that point all 44 points were scored by starters as each member of both team's starting line-up had scored.
The Minutemen return home for their next two games, hosting Fordham on Thursday at 9 p.m. in a game that will be shown on ESPN2. On Sunday, UMass hosts Saint Louis at 2 p,m., that game will be on CSTV.
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