Backup's shot lifts Seton Hall over Temple
Posted: Sunday March 19, 2000 11:44 PM
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Ty Shine was so impressive that even Shaheen Holloway was brought to his feet.
Seton Hall's backup point guard became the backup hero Sunday, helping the Pirates advance to the regional semifinals for the first time since 1992.
Replacing the injured Holloway in the first half, Shine scored a career-high 26 points, including the winning 3-pointer with 18 seconds left in overtime, to give the 10th-seeded Pirates a 67-65 victory over second-seeded Temple in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
"I just tried to step up when I saw him go down," Shine said of Holloway, who hurt his ankle eight minutes into the game and had to be carried off the court. "I was just ready for my opportunity. When I got into the game we were kind of down. I just wanted to provide a boost."
The last of those 3-pointers gave the Pirates a 66-65 lead and had Holloway, who was sitting at the end of the bench in a wheelchair with his leg elevated and ankle wrapped in ice, standing and jumping on his good leg.
"I don't know what to say. Last year when I got hurt, Ty stepped up, and he did the same thing today," Holloway said, referring to a neck injury that kept him out of six games last season. "When I went down, I was afraid this was going to be my last college game. I didn't want it to end like this. I don't know what's going to happen now, but it's great that we advanced."
Seton Hall (22-9) moves on to face third-seeded Oklahoma State, which beat 11th-seeded Pepperdine 75-67, on Friday in the regional semifinals in Syracuse. Holloway was to start treatment Sunday night and his status was to be determined.
Temple coach John Chaney saw yet another season end without him reaching his first Final Four. Many considered this the 68-year-old's best team and he was a natural sentimental choice.
"This team certainly had a lot more talent and a lot more depth than any team I've had since I've been involved but your best team isn't always the team that wins," Chaney said.
The Pirates have won both their games in overtime, and this was the fifth overtime game of the tournament, two off the record set in 1995. Seton Hall is 4-0 in overtime this season.
This is Seton Hall's fourth trip to the round of 16 but it didn't look as if the Pirates would be going anywhere when Holloway, the hero of the opening-round victory over Oregon with a length-of-the court drive with 1.7 seconds left in overtime, injured his left ankle eight minutes into the game on a drive to the basket.
While he was at the hospital for X-rays, the Pirates started raining 3-pointers.
The 15 3-pointers broke the East Regional record of 14 set by Penn in 1995 and matched by Long Island University in 1997, but both of those came in losses.
Rimas Kaukenas, who was 4-of-7 on 3-pointers, added 18 points for the Pirates, while Darius Lane had 16 points and was 4-for-12 from beyond the 3-point line.
The Pirates were 8-for-14 from 3-point range in the win over Oregon and they kept the long-range accuracy up against Temple.
"We said we were going to live with our shots," Seton Hall coach Tommy Amaker said. "We couldn't leave here holding anything back. We said we were going to attack and shoot our shots. We're a team that can kind of get on a roll a little bit."
Shine started that roll.
"He's at a high level," Amaker said of Holloway. "He's a kid that has gotten better, and I think one of the reasons he's gotten better and been able to compete at this level is because he goes against Shaheen every day in practice."
Mark Karcher, who led Temple (27-6) with 27 points, tied the game at 57 with 24 seconds left in regulation.
The Pirates had a chance to win it, but Shine spun into trouble and fed the ball to Kevin Wilkins. His 12-footer bounced off the rim at the buzzer.
Karcher made one of two free throws with 41 seconds left to give Temple a 65-63 lead, but that was emblematic of the Owls' problems all game as they finished 6-for-18 from the line. Karcher was 3-for-8.
"That's the kind of downer you can get," Chaney said. "Things just don't go well in that game for us from the foul line and they make shots from 23, 24, 25 feet with a hand in their face."
After Shine's 3-pointer with 18 seconds remaining, Temple worked the ball around for a final shot but Lynn Greer, forced to play the point because Pepe Sanchez had fouled out with 37 seconds left in regulation, threw the ball away under the basket.
"I drove to the hole and went up to shoot but the big guy (Samuel Dalembert) came up and I tried to dish to Lamont (Barnes) but I threw the ball too hard," Greer said.
Greg Morton was fouled immediately and made one of two free throws for a 67-65 lead. Greer's 3-pointer from a couple of steps inside midcourt bounced off the rim.
"I thought it was good," Morton said.
Greer finished with 13 points, all in the final 12:11 of regulation and overtime. Quincy Wadley also had 13.
Chaney has had the Owls to the NCAA tournament in all but two of his 18 seasons at Temple, including the last 11.
"We're sorry we let him down. We thought we had a chance this year," Greer said. "We tried our hardest but it wasn't enough."
Sanchez, who had no points and 15 assists in the opening-round win over Lafayette, had six assists and two points on 1-for-6 shooting in his final college game.
"We're very disappointed and I feel very empty," Sanchez said.
"The tournament is very difficult to play in with a lot of
pressure. I guess we were able to handle all the pressure and
perform the way we had to perform. That makes us a good team not a
great team. We got what we deserved."