Temple knocks off fifth-ranked Duke


Temple knocks off fifth-ranked Duke


Standing in front of throngs of media people and excited boosters, moments after earning one of the biggest wins of his coaching career, Temple head coach Fran Dunphy stopped short when asked how much confidence he has in Khalif Wyatt.

How could he best describe the trigger-happy junior guard? With the help of a reporter, he eventually settled on one word.


And that, Dunphy said, is what we need in a game like this.

Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Center, Wyatt poured in a game-high 22 points including three crucial three-pointers in the second half to propel unranked Temple to a surprising 78-73 win over No. 5 Duke in front of a sellout crowd of 20,420, many of who rushed the court (see story) following the thrilling upset.

Wyatt also had a season-high five steals, four rebounds and three assists to help the Owls (10-3) hand Duke (12-2) just its second loss of the season and send Mike Krzyzewski, the all-time winningest coach in Division I mens basketball, back to Durham stuck on 912 all-time victories.

Afterwards, Krzyzewski bemoaned the defeat but dished Wyatt, Dunphy and the entire Temple program some serious compliments.

Hes one of the best coaches in the United States, Krzyzewski said of Dunphy. His kids are big, tough kids. They know how to play and they play with great toughness and camaraderie. They just outplayed us. We obviously didnt play well but that doesnt take away from how well they played.

Then there's Wyatt, who drained back-to-back three-pointers the second one coming with Dukes Andre Dawkins hand planted directly in front of his face to turn a slim 60-57 Temple lead into a commanding 66-57 advantage with four minutes remaining.

Wyatt is a big-shot guy, Krzyzewki said. He can go 1 for 10 and hit the big shot. He just believes in himself and you love that in a kid. And you love that Dunph puts him in a position to do that.

Every shot is not gonna go in, said Wyatt, who also buried a key long-ball that pushed Temples lead to seven with just over 10 minutes left. Tonight I was making shots and my teammates trusted me and I just kept coming through for them.

Of course, not just one player can carry the entire load to take down a national powerhouse. And Wyatt was not the only one for Temple who had a big night.

Four different players Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson (season-high 17 points), Ramone Moore (11 points), Anthony Lee (11 points) and Aaron Brown (11 points) scored in double figures for the Owls, who shot nearly 60 percent from the floor in the first half to build a 35-33 halftime lead, one they would never relinquish.

With the win, the Owls have now beaten a top-10 team in four straight seasons. It also marked only the second time Krzyzewski has lost to an Atlantic 10 opponent in 38 tries, the other one also coming against Temple (back in 1996).

I dont even think it hit me yet, Moore said. It means a lot. Its just something we believed we could do coming into the game. Im not sure how many other people thought that way but we believed it.

Perhaps one reason why many people believed Duke would prevail was the significant size advantage the Blue Devils had against a shorthanded Temple team thats playing without two key injured players: center Michael Eric and forward Scootie Randall.

And Duke, to its credit, did use that size to its advantage, getting a combined 33 points and 17 rebounds from 6-foot-10 brothers Miles and Mason Plumlee, both of whom tried to carry the visitors on their back in the final 10 minutes.

But while the Plumlee brothers had big nights in the City of Brotherly Love, the Owls didnt let the Blue Devils completely impose their will inside. In fact, Temple out-rebounded Duke, 32-29, and Owls redshirt freshman Lee held his own with 13 points, five rebounds and three blocks.

I thought he did a great job and had a couple of great drives to the rim to avoid the charge and finish the play, Dunphy said of Lee. I was proud of him.

As expected, Lee had his share of troubles slowing down the Plumlees, but the Owls survived in part because only one other player on Duke freshman phenom Austin Rivers scored in double figures. And Rivers, Dukes leading scorer, had a tough night shooting, going just 3 for 11 from the floor.

I think you go into a game like this thinking that if they do beat you up inside and get a number of two-point field goals, its going to prevent them from going on big runs, which is what they do, Dunphy said. I mentioned that before the game that typically when you play them you feel like youre in pretty good shape and they get a 10-point run against you. Then that four-point deficit becomes 14 and then they do it again in the second half.

But on Wednesday night, that crippling Duke run never came. The goliaths of college basketball crashed hard to the floor, with nary a whimper. And for Temple, it was a beautiful thing.

The quality and the success of the Duke program and what Mike has done its an incredible basketball program and for us to come out on top tonight is very, very nice for a lot of people, Dunphy said. There are a lot of Temple folks and Philadelphians and certainly our team and our program were thrilled to be standing here as winners tonight.

Wednesdays result marked Temples first win at the Wells Fargo Center. All three of their previous losses at the Sixers home arena came to Duke. Temples other wins over top-10 teams in the last three seasons came against Tennessee in 2008, Villanova in 2009 and Georgetown in 2010. The Temple coaches and players rode the subway from campus to the arena as a tribute to all those Temple people that have done that for so many years, Dunphy said. When asked if he saw an upset like this coming, Coach K responded, Come on. If I saw it coming, I would have faked an illness. In the locker room after the game, Dunphy almost immediately turned his attention to Atlantic-10 play, which opens for the Owls with a home game against Dayton on Saturday. Yeah, Im sort of a jackass, the Temple coach said to a room full of laughter.

E-mail Dave Zeitlin at djzeitlin@gmail.com.

Temple PG Josh Brown suffers Achilles injury; surgery set for Wednesday


Temple PG Josh Brown suffers Achilles injury; surgery set for Wednesday

The start of college basketball season is months away, but head coach Fran Dunphy's Temple team may have already suffered a huge blow.

Senior point guard Josh Brown suffered a left Achilles tendon injury last week and will undergo surgery on Wednesday. The timetable for Brown's recovery is unknown at this time.

OwlScoop.com first reported the news.

Last year's leading scorer and floor general Quenton DeCosey and big man Jaylen Bond have both graduated, so Brown was expected to take on much more of a leadership role on an evolving Owls team this coming season. Brown and guard/forward Daniel Dingle are the only seniors who were expected to steadily see significant playing time next season. Junior forward Obi Enechionyia is the only other veteran who would fit that category.

But now those plans could be out the window with Brown's sudden injury.

The injury to Brown also could potentially leave Temple without its two most dangerous guards for a significant period of time as sophomore Trey Lowe is still recovering from injuries suffered in a single-car accident in New Jersey in March. There is still no indication as to when Lowe could be ready to return to the court.

The potential absences of Brown and Lowe could lead to more significant roles for sophomore Shawn Alston, Jr. (2.3 points per game in 10.8 minutes of action a night last season) and incoming freshman and three-star recruit Alani Moore.

Brown, a 6-foot-3 Newark, New Jersey native, played in all 33 games for the Owls last season and averaged 8.3 points, 4.9 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game in 36.2 minutes per night, the highest average playing time of any player in the American Athletic Conference. His 3.50 assist-to-turnover ratio was best in the AAC and tied for eighth in the entire country.

Brown's signature moment last season came when he hit a game-winning floater in the dying seconds that enabled Temple to pull off an upset at No. 23 Connecticut in January. He also led the Owls with 16 points in their heartbreaking overtime loss to Iowa in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

News groups seek to unseal records in Penn State's Jerry Sandusky case


News groups seek to unseal records in Penn State's Jerry Sandusky case

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Two news organizations asked a Pennsylvania judge on Tuesday to unseal records in the pending criminal case against three former Penn State administrators over their handling of complaints about Jerry Sandusky, who was convicted of child sexual abuse.

The Associated Press and The Legal Intelligencer on Tuesday asked Dauphin County Judge Richard Lewis to make public filings in the case against the university's former President Graham Spanier, former Vice President Gary Schultz and former Athletic Director Tim Curley.

The motion says dozens of unidentified documents have been sealed in violation of the public's right to access information from the courts. The docket lists dozens of "sealed entries" and provides no information about their contents.

"Although certain grand jury material is, under normal circumstances, properly maintained under seal, if information is in the `public realm' or does not `implicate the secrecy of the grand jury,' it should not be sealed, as the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has instructed," wrote Gayle Sproul, lawyer for the AP and ALM Media LLC, publisher of the country's oldest daily legal newspaper.

She said the volume of sealed documents suggests they "sweep far beyond the narrow category of protected `matters occurring before the grand jury.'"

Schultz's lawyer declined comment, while messages weren't immediately returned by lawyers representing Curley and Spanier. A spokesman said the attorney general's office has "some reservations about the mass release" of information from the case.

The three men await trial on charges of failure to report suspected abuse and child endangerment. Curley and Schultz were first charged at the same time as Sandusky in November 2011; charges against Spanier were added a year later.

Superior Court earlier this year threw out many of the more serious charges against the men, based on a determination that the role played during grand jury proceedings by Penn State's then-general counsel, Cynthia Baldwin, violated attorney-client privilege. The Superior Court file also is sealed.

Sandusky continues to pursue appeals after being convicted in 2012 of 45 counts of child sexual abuse. He spent decades as the defensive coach under Joe Paterno before his retirement in 1999.

Judge grants time for victim claims in Paterno-NCAA lawsuit


Judge grants time for victim claims in Paterno-NCAA lawsuit

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Lawyers for Joe Paterno's relatives and the NCAA can have more time to look into newly disclosed allegations about claims of abuse against the late Penn State football coach's former assistant Jerry Sandusky, a judge said Monday.

Judge John Leete is presiding over a lawsuit by the Paterno family against the NCAA. He gave the parties 45 days to explore claims that a boy told Paterno in 1976 he was molested by Sandusky, and that two coaches witnessed Sandusky abusing children in the late 1980s. The information was made public this month when a Philadelphia judge ruled in a lawsuit by Penn State over insurance coverage for Sandusky-related claims.

Penn State's lawyers "will, as appropriate, approach victims in the Sandusky matter to ascertain their willingness to take part in voluntary discovery," Leete wrote after a Monday conference in the case. "The court will take all necessary steps to protect the confidentiality and anonymity of any such persons."

Paterno's relatives have rebutted the 1976 accusation, and an attorney for some Sandusky victims has said it is not irrefutably supported. Also, prosecutors have called the 1980s claims unreliable.

The claims were briefly described in a May 4 order by Philadelphia Judge Gary Glazer, but there were few details. The Associated Press and three other news organizations filed a request last week seeking to unseal related court records.

The Paternos say the NCAA's use of a Penn State-commissioned report damaged their commercial interests. Two former Penn State coaches, Jay Paterno and Bill Kenney, are also suing the NCAA, saying the report made it impossible for them to find comparable jobs.

Leete's order said he may adjust a timetable he laid out in March that established deadlines in the case through mid-October.

Messages seeking comment from lawyers for the NCAA and the Paterno family were not immediately returned.

Paterno died in 2012, two months after state prosecutors first charged Sandusky with child molestation.

Sandusky was convicted later that year of 45 counts of child sexual abuse and is serving a 30- to 60-year state prison sentence. He has maintained his innocence. A hearing in his ongoing appeals is scheduled for Friday at the courthouse near State College.