Temple escapes Dayton with win in frenzied finish

Temple escapes Dayton with win in frenzied finish
February 9, 2013, 2:15 pm
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Khalif Wyatt nailed the game-winning three with seven seconds remaining. (This and homepage photo by Erik Schelkun/Elsestar Images).



DAYTON, Ohio -- Khalif Wyatt scored 20 points, including the game-winning three-pointer with 7 seconds left, then Temple hung on in a frenzied final second to complete its come-from-behind 72-71 win over Dayton on Saturday.

"Me personally, I was [thinking about a three]," Wyatt told Temple Athletics after the game. "Coach (Fran Dunphy) told us just put the ball in my hands and whatever I was going to do, he was going to live with it."

The Owls (16-7, 5-4 Atlantic 10 Conference), who trailed 68-58 with 4:31 remaining, closed the game with a 14-3 spurt, with Scootie Randall scoring five in the spree. After Wyatt's three-pointer, Will Cummings stole the ball from the Flyers' Kevin Dillard with three seconds showing.

"The roller coaster was crazy," Wyatt said. "After I hit the big shot, my adrenaline was going so high, so high, so happy. Thinking we were going to win the game, we're going to win the game."

With 1.6 seconds to play, Dayton fouled Randall, but the Temple senior missed two shots. Then Anothony Lee fouled the Flyers' Josh Benson, and he missed both shots.

On the rebound, Jake O'Brien was fouled. He missed his first free throw and then purposely didn't hit the second in an attempt to run out the clock. But he also missed the rim, allowing Dayton to inbound the ball with 1.3 seconds left. The Owls deflected the attempted inbounds pass to secure the victory.

"Lee commited the foul and I went the lowest I've ever been probably," Wyatt said. "I was just like, 'Wow.' It was just a quick drop. But I'm just happy he missed those free throws and we got a big win on the road that we needed."

Lee added 13 points and Cummings and O'Brien had 11 apiece for Temple.

Dillard's 16 points led Dayton, which has lost three of its last four games.