Short on bench, Temple looks long

Owls' 7-man rotation shoots down Texas with 3-pointers, 79-65

Ncaa Tournament

March 17, 2001|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF

NEW ORLEANS - John Chaney's latest rendition of "My Way or the Highway" has Temple one win away from the Sweet 16.

The Owls and Chaney, their wise, old coach, meet Florida and brash Billy Donovan in the second round of the South Regional at the Superdome tomorrow. The Gators are the No. 3 seed, Temple the 11th. Florida has been applauded for the way it has battled through a series of injuries. If depth is the question, then the Owls ask, "Who's kidding who?"

Temple (22-12) suited up nine players, used seven and caused Texas an abundance of problems in a 79-65 first-round victory yesterday. The Owls dropped seven three-pointers on the Longhorns in the first half and led by as many as 20 in the second, as they followed Chaney's game plan of shifting zones and long-range shooting to perfection.

Not everyone on North Broad Street listened to Chaney this winter. He gave the boot to two players who complained about their minutes. A lineup that consists of burly center Kevin Lyde and four guards has had its collective back up against the wall since last December, when its losing skid reached seven games - the longest in Chaney's 18 seasons at Temple.

The dissection of Texas was the eighth straight win for the Atlantic 10 champions.

Quincy Wadley, a senior from Harrisburg, Pa., continued his late-season roll, as he hit four threes in the first half - including one at the buzzer - and finished with 26 points. Homegrown point guard Lynn Greer guided an attack that had just four turnovers and scored 17 of his 19 in the second half, when he was 10-for-10 at the free-throw line. David Hawkins, a 6-4 freshman from Washington, D.C., worked the baseline for 12 points and nine rebounds.

Wadley, Hawkins and Alex Wesby never came off the floor.

"That starts in practice," Hawkins said. "Before we touch the ball, we run. We're in great shape physically, but some of it's mental, too. You can't let yourself get tired."

Greer said the Owls never run five-on-five full court in practice. If they need to replicate a situation, assistant coach Nate Blackwell, one of Chaney's heroes from the 1980s, takes off his sweats.

"We have a walk-on at home who helps out at practice, but if somebody is hurt or in a cast, myself or coach Dan [Leibovitz] gets out there," Blackwell said. "This is one of the toughest teams we've had. Every time we step on the floor, we're outsized. We've been counted out all year, but we just refuse to give in."

Renowned for his use of a matchup zone, Chaney continued to insist that "this is not our best defensive team." Tell that to Texas. The ice-cold shooting that doomed the Longhorns (22-12) in the Big 12 championship game carried over, as they made just 27.6 percent of their attempts in the first half, 39.4 percent for the game.

Darren Kelly, who began his collegiate career at Loyola, ended it with his first double double. He led the Longhorns with 15 points, but only five came in the first half.

"We were so bad in the first half on the offensive end," Texas coach Rick Barnes said.




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