Greer erupts for 43 in victory for Owls Temple's losing streak ended at four games. Fordham was buried by three-point shooting.

Posted: January 31, 2002

After afternoon classes were over, Lynn Greer would meet his dad at Temple's old gym, McGonigle Hall. Since the second semester began early last week, the two got together for some early-evening extracurricular shooting. They were trying to jump-start some confidence back into of one of the greatest shooters Temple has ever seen.

Lynn Greer Sr., who had hit his share of jumpers in the old Eastern League, had his son start taking shots close to the basket. After the son got used to making them, he moved farther out.

Last night, Greer transferred his shooting stroke over to the Liacouras Center and set a building scoring record by scorching Fordham for 43 points on 7-of-9 three-point shooting to help Temple take out the Rams, 91-74, and end its four-game losing streak.

For the Owls, the game didn't erase the pain of this season, and plenty of Temple's problems were still out there for coach John Chaney to erupt over. This wasn't the way Chaney likes to win games. But the shooting festival did allow the Owls to forget their record for a while. They are 7-12 overall and 4-3 in the Atlantic Ten. Fordham dropped to 8-11 and 4-4.

Greer's shooting was infectious. As a team, the Owls made 18 three-point shots, which is another building record and one short of both a school record and an A-10 record. Fordham first-year sophomore guard Smush Parker (27 points) also got into the act. His nine three-pointers (in 15 attempts) were also a building record.

"I've never seen anything like that in my life," said Fordham coach Bob Hill. "We'd come up with something, and they'd solve it and hit the three."

Freshman Hawley Smith came off Temple's bench and made all three three-pointers he tried. He also turned an offensive rebound into a three-point play for a career-high 12 points in 17 minutes.

After Greer hit the last of his threes with 13 minutes, 42 seconds left, Fordham was all over him. At that point, the Rams were still trailing by only 57-48. But Brian Polk, David Hawkins and Nile Murry hit consecutive three-point shots for Temple. Overall, the Owls made 18 of 28 three-point shots with 64.3 percent shooting.

After missing their first 11 shots of the second half Saturday against North Carolina State, the Owls made their first nine shots after halftime last night.

"We couldn't guard any of them off the dribble," Hill said.

On Saturday, Greer missed all 11 shots he took from the field.

"I thought about it every day," Greer said.

His second three-point basket last night, less than 4 minutes into the game, moved Greer past former Temple legend Guy Rodgers on the school's all-time scoring list.

Now with 1,805 points, Greer is third on Temple's all-time list. He needs six more points to catch Terence Stansbury for second. Mark Macon (2,609) is safe at the top of the list.

This was also Greer's second arena scoring record of the season. He set the scoring mark for the Kohl Center at Wisconsin when he hit for 47 points against the Badgers in double-overtime.

Greer's shooting exercises have had to be an extracurricular activity because of NCAA rules limiting practices to 20 hours a week while school is in session. But when Greer has felt off during his career, both in high school and at Temple, he would get together with his dad after Lynn Sr. got off from work.

"I've been here five years now. I'm used to winning," Greer said. "I've never had a season in my life where we lost so many games like this. It's hard to stay motivated. But this is what we're here to do. We have to."

Notes. Reserve forward Greg Jefferson sat in the first row behind Temple's bench, suspended "indefinitely" by Chaney after a practice altercation with a teammate. . . . Ron Rollerson started for Kevin Lyde, who spent Monday night at Temple University Hospital with a throat infection.

Mike Jensen's e-mail address is mjensen@phillynews.com.

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