February 12, 2004 |
Temple certainly has Rhode Island's number. The Owls shot better than 45 percent from the floor for the first time this season in a 69-53 Atlantic Ten Conference win over the Rams last night at the Ryan Center. Temple improved to 10-10 overall and 5-5 in the A-10. Rhode Island fell to 14-10 and 3-7. Beating the Rams wasn't a big surprise. Temple has won nine straight in the series since losing to Rhode Island on Lamar Odom's buzzer-beating three-pointer in the 1999 A-10 championship game.
March 15, 2006 |
Temple's season and John Chaney's career could not have ended on a more somber note. Never mind that Chaney wasn't in the Liacouras Center for last night's opening-round NIT game with Akron. Owls star point guard Mardy Collins ended his own college career by being taken off the court on a stretcher, his neck in a brace, after he landed hard on the floor in the final 30 seconds. It's impossible to imagine that the Owls cared much at all about finishing the game, but they did finish it out, and Akron, ahead by three points when Collins went down, polished off an 80-73 overtime victory.
February 19, 2004 |
Before this basketball season began, Mardy Collins sounded excited about not having to be Temple's point guard all the time. After struggling early at shooting guard, shooting himself right into a confidence crisis, he's back at the point and embracing its possibilities. "I'd rather play the point, because once a guy's not open, I get to create my own shot rather than come off screens," Collins said last night. If February is traditionally the month when Temple gets its act together, Collins must be the perfect Owls player.
December 10, 2003 |
A jumper by Steve Moore with 25.8 seconds remaining propelled Arizona State (4-1) to a comeback win over Temple, 70-66, last night at the America West Arena in Phoenix. Temple (1-4) got 19 points from sophomore guard Mardy Collins and 16 from Dustin Salisbery and led most of the way. But ASU got clutch free-throw shooting from Ike Diogu, who scored 23 points in the game, to pull out the win in the last minute.
February 26, 2006 |
Holding J.J. Redick, the NCAA's second leading scorer, to a meager 11 points was great. It just wasn't enough for Temple last night. All eyes were on Redick, cameras flashing every time the star touched the ball, and so was a scathing Temple defense, swarming him with pressure. Not only was Redick not connecting from the field (3 for 10 overall), but the looks simply were not there. What had John Chaney concocted to stop the Atlantic Coast Conference's leading scorer? "We showed them different looks with Redick," the Owls' coach said after the game.
February 17, 2005 |
Throughout this up-and-down season, coach John Chaney has regularly questioned his Temple team's toughness and its intelligence. Last night, Chaney's anger turned in a different direction, as he lashed out at the Owls' lack of effort in a 68-62 victory over Duquesne at the Palumbo Center. Temple never trailed after the first minute of play, and the final score wasn't indicative of the way the Owls controlled the game. But that provided little solace for their head coach. "I would trade my [team]
March 16, 2006 |
Temple point guard Mardy Collins was released from Temple University Hospital yesterday afternoon, a day after suffering a sprained neck on the last play of his college career. All tests for more serious injuries were negative. Collins suffered the injury with 30 seconds left in overtime of Temple's NIT first-round loss Tuesday night when Collins, driving to the basket, crashed to the ground, and an Akron player fell on his neck. That caused his chin to jam into his chest. "He'll be pretty sore for the next week or two weeks," Temple trainer Steve Spiro said.
December 11, 2008 |
Cuttino Mobley, a Philadelphian who has played 11 seasons in the NBA, is expected to formally announce his retirement at a New York news conference today. Speculation about Mobley's future has been swirling since he was traded from the Los Angeles Clippers to New York last month. Tests performed by the Knicks uncovered signs of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a source said. That's the heart disorder that killed fellow Philadelphian Hank Gathers in 1990, the Celtics' Reggie Lewis three years later, and Atlanta's Jason Collier in 2005.
November 1, 2008 |
In the visitors' locker room at the Wachovia Center, while his teammates pulled on their uniforms, Stephon Marbury, in black Converse and jeans, typed on his BlackBerry. From 2004-07, Marbury, the face of a failing New York Knicks franchise, started every game he played. Last night, coach Mike D'Antoni, who is in his first season with the Knicks, placed the 31-year-old Marbury on the inactive list for their game against the 76ers. In New York's first game, a 120-115 win over the Heat on Wednesday, Marbury was active but did not play.
November 19, 2005 |
With 4 1/2 minutes left, Temple star Mardy Collins took a three-pointer in an attempt to tie UCLA on Thursday night in the second round of the Preseason NIT at Pauley Pavilion. It didn't go down. The Owls realize that against the better teams on their schedule, the outside shots have to fall. Temple has no inside game to speak of, and already rebounding has been a huge weakness. Owls coach John Chaney showed that he is willing to go smaller - to put his better players on the floor and cause matchup problems for opponents - since his inside problems aren't going away with any lineup he uses.