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Temple 63, Villanova 57
Posted: Friday March 22, 2002 11:54 PM
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PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- David Hawkins scored 16 points and Kevin Lyde added 12 as Temple advanced to the semifinals of the National Invitation Tournament with a 63-57 triumph over Big Five rival Villanova.

The Owls (18-14) won without point guard and leading scorer Lynn Greer, who sprained his right ankle in the previous round against Louisville.

"I really don't have a lot of answers on how we won that ballgame, I really don't," Owls coach John Chaney said. "There's no way that you can tell me that we would win that ballgame without Lynn on the floor." Reggie Bryant nailed a 3-pointer with 40 seconds to go and pulled the Wildcats (19-13) within 59-57. Bryant scored 19 points.

Eight seconds later, Villanova's Derrick Snowden looked set to knot the contest with a layup. But Lyde blocked the shot and Hawkins was fouled at the other end. The sophomore guard converted both free throws to give the Owls a four-point cushion with just 15 seconds remaining.

"We're in this tournament to win, not just to be in it," Hawkins said. "It's very important to us, especially the guys who will be back next year.

Brian Polk, who came off the bench to contribute 10 points, added two more from the line in the final seven seconds as Temple avenged a loss to Villanova on December 8.

"I was very impressed with Temple's effort, playing without a great player like Lynn Greer. That's why this is a great program," Wildcats coach Jay Wright said. "They played a little bit harder and played with a little bit more composure in a tough, tight game.

"It was a great Big Five game, impressive." On Tuesday, Temple will meet the winner of Saturday's contest between Memphis and Tennessee Tech.

Greer, who averaged better than 23 points per game for the Owls this season, remains questionable for the NIT semifinal at Madison Square Garden.

"I don't know. I know he says to me 'I feel pretty good.' He's walking around without the crutches. That's a quick recovery," Owls coach John Chaney said. "It's not something you play around with. This kid to me has earned his place [in the NBA] somewhere from his play all year. ... I wouldn't take a chance on playing him and ruining that kid's chances." Temple never led by more than five in the second half until the final seconds as Villanova kept battling back.

Hawkins hit his second 3-pointer with 3:11 left to give the Owls a 54-49 lead. But Bryant, a sophomore guard, responded with a basket to cut the Wildcats' deficit to three.

Bryant collected Villanova's final eight points.

Lyde then put home a dunk with 2:16 to play and restored Temple's five-point cushion. But Bryant sank his third of four baskets from the arc to make it 56-54 with just under two minutes left.

 


 
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