Instant Replay: Duquesne 84, Temple 83

Instant Replay: Duquesne 84, Temple 83

February 14, 2013, 9:15 pm
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There goes the resume.

Temple, which has been unnecessarily sweating out winnable games all season, finally lost one -- the wrong one.

The Owls fell, 84-83, to Duquesne at the Liacouras Center on Thursday night. The win is Duquesne's first in the Atlantic 10 this season. It had been 0-9 in conference play to date and had lost its last 11 in a row overall.

The victory is Duquense's first ever at the Liacouras Center. It's only the fourth time the Dukes have won in 26 visits to North Broad.

With the loss, Temple falls to 16-8 and 5-5. The Owls and Dukes entered Thursday with RPIs of 42 and 217, respectively. Temple's is about to take a hit.

Turning point
Every time Duquesne hit a three. Otherwise...

Temple, a 17-point favorite, trailed by six at the half, 43-37, but came out of the locker room on a 15-3 run. Unfortunately, the Owls immediately ceded their eight-point advantage when they allowed the Dukes to score the next nine.

From there, Duquesne rebuilt its lead and was ahead by as many as eight, 79-71, with 1:25 to play. Khalif Wyatt and Dalton Pepper cut that margin to just two with four foul shots and a Pepper three from the left wing with 33 seconds remaining.

After Jeremiah Jones missed two free throws with less than 20 seconds to play, Wyatt actually went down the other end, made a layup, converted his foul shot and put Temple ahead 83-82 with 7.2 seconds remaining.

The Owls looked like they were going to escape with their fourth straight one-point victory, but Pepper was called for a foul with 2.2 seconds to play. With Duquesne in the double-bonus, Derrick Colter made two free throws to win the game.

T.J. DiLeo did try a last-second heave to Pepper, who got off a clean look from three, but it fell softly to the floor off the rim. Game.

Duquesne freshman swingman Quevyn Winters finished with a career-high 22 points on 8 of 9 shooting. Winters was a perfect 6 for 6 from the floor in the first half.

Dukes center Andre Marhold finished with a 15 and 15 double-double.

For the 10th time this season, Wyatt led Temple in scoring, setting a new career high with 35 points. It's the fourth time he's gone for 30 or more this season. He was a perfect 6 of 6 from the line and grabbed a career-best six steals.

Pepper set a new season-high with 13 points, the most he's scored at Temple.

Inside the box score
• Duquesne made 63 percent of its attempts on 17-for-27 shooting and went 7 of 14 from three in the first half.

• Duquesne's 43 points at the break were the second most Temple has allowed an opponent to score in a first half this season. The Owls surrendered 46 to Duke on Dec. 8. That's just about all Duke and the Dukes have in common.

• This is the fourth straight game Temple has played that's been decided by just one point.

Next up
Temple has just one day off before traveling to Amherst for a 6 p.m. tipoff with UMass on Saturday night. The game will be televised CBS Sports Network. The Minutemen (16-6, 6-3) are 8-2 at home this season.

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