Instant Replay: Temple 76, N.C. State 72

Instant Replay: Temple 76, N.C. State 72

March 22, 2013, 4:00 pm
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DAYTON, Ohio -- No. 9 Temple held on (barely) to upend No. 8 N.C. State, 76-72, on Friday at UD Arena in a second-round matchup in the East region of the NCAA tournament.

The Owls (24-9) got off to an excellent start against the Wolfpack (24-11) but nearly blew a 18-point lead in the second half. Temple has won eight of its last nine outings. It was the Owls’ second NCAA tournament victory under head coach Fran Dunphy.

First half
All five starters had a basket for Temple in the first five minutes of the game. The Owls were in complete control for the entire first half and took a 16-point lead into the locker room. Jake O’Brien scored 16 points and grabbed four rebounds, while Khalif Wyatt added 11 first-half points and three assists. Temple shot 53 percent from the floor and 45 percent from three-point range.

N.C. State was simply awful before the break. The Wolfpack shot just 12 percent from three-point range. Only forward C.J. Leslie, who made five of his first seven shots for N.C. State, was a factor early on.

Inside the box score
Wyatt led all scorers with 31 points and moved into 13th place on Temple's all-time scoring list. He also hit 12 of 14 free throws, including several crucial shots from the line down the stretch. As a team, Temple hit 68 percent from the line (21 for 33). The Owls also took care of the ball. Temple had 13 assists and only five turnovers.

Temple held N.C. State to 28 percent shooting from three.

This year marked the Owls' 31st NCAA tournament appearance. Temple is one of only eight schools -– Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Louisville, Marquette, Michigan State and Wisconsin –- to reach the Big Dance in each of the last six seasons.

With the win, Temple is now 2-6 all-time against the Wolfpack. The Owls also improved to 7-9 in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

What’s next?
The Owls advance to the third round to face the winner of No. 1 Indiana and No. 16 James Madison on Sunday at UD Arena.

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