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Memphis 78, Temple 77
Posted: Tuesday March 26, 2002 09:24 PM
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NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Dajuan Wagner did it all.

The freshman sensation scored 32 points and set up teammate Kelly Wise for the winning basket as Memphis got past Temple, 78-77, in the semifinals of the National Invitation Tournament.

Temple had taken a 77-74 lead on a 3-pointer by Brian Polk with 1:34 remaining before Wagner took over. He drove for a layup with 53 seconds left to cut the deficit to one point.

After the Owls (18-15) missed a shot, Wagner again penetrated, but this time fed a wide-open Wise for a dunk that gave the Tigers (26-9) the lead with 18 seconds to go.

On Temple's final possession, David Hawkins missed two shots and Kevin Lyde missed a tip at the buzzer.

The win allowed Memphis coach John Calipari to maintain the upper hand on Temple coach John Chaney. While at Massachusetts, Calipari often got the better of Chaney's Temple teams in their Atlantic 10 Conference battles, including a memorable one in which Chaney stormed itno Calipari's news conference screaming, "I'll kill you!" Memphis also beat Temple earlier this season.

Chris Massie had 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Tigers, who await the winner of the other semifinal between South Carolina and Syracuse.

Alex Wesby scored 25 points for the Owls, who will play the loser of that game for third place. Temple played without leading scorer Lynn Greer, who sat out his second straight game with a sprained ankle.

 


 
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