Indiana tops Khalif Wyatt and Temple, 58-52

Posted: March 24, 2013

DAYTON, Ohio - There was no repeat performance.

Temple, which on Friday recorded its second NCAA tournament win in six consecutive appearances, fell short of adding to that Sunday afternoon. Top-seeded Indiana overcame a 31-point performance by Temple quard Khalif Wyatt to defeat the ninth-seeded Owls, 58-52, here at the University of Dayton Arena.

The loss denied Temple (24-10) its first Sweet 16 appearance since 2001 and eighth overall. Instead, Indiana (29-6) is the team that will face Syracuse on Thursday in the East Regional semifinal at the Verizon Center in Washington.

The Owls are heading home because Wyatt was their only effective player. The senior guard schooled Victor Oladipo, Remy Abell and the other Hoosiers who attempted to guard him. Thanks in large part to Wyatt's 20 first-half points, the Owls led, 29-26, at intermission.

At one point, the Norristown native went on a personal 6-0 run while scoring 13 consecutive points for Temple.

Then he scored the first basket on the second half to give the Owls a five-point cushion. His back-to-back baskets gave the Owls a 41-35 lead with 9 minutes, 59 seconds left.

Unfortunately for Temple, no one else was capable of consistently adding points, and the Hoosiers began to deny Wyatt the ball on possessions. That forced his teammates to play four-on-four, and they couldn't convert. For a while, even Wyatt had a tough time getting his shots off against Oladipo.

As a result, Will Sheehey's three-pointer knotted the score at 43-43 with 6:49 left. Wyatt then buried a long-range three-pointer 18 seconds later to put the Owls back up by three.

Then a crucial moment came. With Temple up, 52-50, with 2:18 remaining, Wyatt passed the ball to Anthony Lee under the basket. But the sophomore center's shot was blocked by Christian Watford. Then, after being fouled, Cody Zeller made a pair of foul shots to knot the score at 52-52 with 1:51 to play.

Then Oladipo took over.

Indiana's junior guard make a foul shot to give his teas a 53-52 lead with 1:19 left. Then his three-pointer with 15 seconds left gave the Hoosiers a 56-52 cushion.

And Temple had no answer.

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