Crosstown classics prove costly

December 14, 2009

Intracity rivalries proved costly Sunday for ranked teams as first No. 3 Villanova fell to Temple in Philadelphia and then Xavier went double overtime to quash No. 19 Cincinnati in the Queen City.

Juan Fernandez's early 3s kept Temple close, his first one of the second half gave the Owls (8-2) the lead and his big ones late in the game helped clinch their biggest regular-season victory in nearly 10 years.

By the time Temple fans bellowed "Overrated!" and stormed the court, Villanova's perfect record and city dominance were finished.

Fernandez hit seven 3-pointers and scored a career-high 33 points, and Ryan Brooks added 20 in Temple's 75-65 victory over the visiting Wildcats (9-1).

"I've been thinking about this game all week," Fernandez said. "We needed this win. We need to prove ourselves."

At Cincinnati, Jason Love got his 18th rebound with 9.8 seconds left and made a clinching free throw, leading host Xavier to an 83-79 victory over the Bearcats in a classic renewal of their crosstown rivalry.

Xavier (6-3) wasted a 10-point lead in regulation, survived Lance Stephenson's off-target shot at the end of the first overtime, then pulled it out on its home court.

Cincinnati (6-2) has dropped three straight and 10 of the last 14 meetings against Xavier.

AP

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