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December 27, 1988 | By Kevin Mulligan, Daily News Sports Writer
Defense, 3,900 McGonigle Hall visitors learned last evening, was not included among the basketball ingredients that 1987-88 stars Howie Evans, Tim Perry and Ramon Rivas took with them from Temple's North Philadelphia campus. For that, Owls coach John Chaney will for ever be thankful. Gone is Evans's uncanny decision-making, leadership, ability to score from outside and the confidence to keep shooting during droughts. All gone. Gone is Rivas's 270 pounds on defense, fundamentally-sound post play and the second consistent rebounder this year's Owls sorely lack.
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March 6, 1988 | By M. G. Missanelli, Inquirer Staff Writer
He is the second-leading scorer on the top-ranked college basketball team in the nation, and yet one gets the feeling that Mike Vreeswyk would have a hard time getting noticed if he stood naked on the steps of McGonigle Hall. Talk about Temple and usually the conversation centers on Mark Macon, the brilliant freshman from Saginaw, Mich. Or Tim Perry, the all-America candidate and potential first-round NBA draft pick. Or Howard Evans, whom many experts consider the best point guard in the land.
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March 25, 1988 | By Gary Miles, Inquirer Staff Writer
West Philadelphia's Mik Kilgore, the Public League's outstanding basketball player, announced yesterday that he will attend Temple next year. More than a few Division I basketball coaches had tried to land the Speedboys' senior center. Canisius, St. Peter's and George Washington kept tabs on Kilgore this season. Temple coach John Chaney and La Salle coach Speedy Morris attended the Speedboys' Public League semifinal playoff game against Southern, and Loyola Marymount coach Paul Westhead flew Kilgore to California for a visit.
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February 3, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
John Chaney's family and his friends know how much the former Temple coach dislikes receiving honors, which is why they kept rather quiet as plans were being made to pay tribute to him and fellow Hall of Fame coach Harry Litwack with statues in the lobby of the Liacouras Center. Saturday, the statues honoring Chaney and Litwack were unveiled about two hours prior to the start of Temple's game against Villanova. The ceremony, witnessed by dozens of Owls who played under Chaney, pleased the 82-year-old coach, but one got the feeling that he would have tried to stop it had he known about it sooner.
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March 13, 1987 | By MIKE KERN, Daily News Sports Writer
The Temple Owls are taking on a new role in this year's NCAA Tournament, but they are not taking a new approach. In the last three years, Temple has fallen out of the tournament in the second round. That was as expected, because the Owls' opponents were North Carolina in 1984, Georgetown in 1985, and Kansas a year ago. But this season, the Owls enter the tournament as the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region. So the expectations are obviously higher - in fact, much higher. And if the Owls make an early exit again, it won't be because they ran into another buzz saw. Nevertheless, coach John Chaney, whose team will open today against 15th- seeded Southern University at 1 p.m. (Channel 57)
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March 16, 1989 | By Kevin Mulligan, Daily News Sports Writer
It was the season-ending Duke Nightmare of 1988 all over again. Only this time, the NCAA Tournament was light years away from the University of Richmond's Robbins Center. This time it was the National Invitation Tournament, and Duke's Billy King was nowhere to be found. Instead, it was 6-4 Scott Stapleton covering Mark Macon tighter than the plastic wrap around a head of lettuce. Tommy Ammaker and Quin Snyder weren't here, either. But Richmond's Kenny Atkinson and Eric English were.
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January 21, 2007 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As yet another Atlantic Ten Conference opponent made more than half its shots against Temple yesterday, a fan at the Liacouras Center yelled: "Got to work on the D, Fran. " The way Temple coach Fran Dunphy assesses the situation, it's much more than his team's defense that needs work. After a frantic second-half comeback came up short and the Owls fell to Rhode Island, 85-77, for the sixth loss in their last seven games, Dunphy said: "We weren't doing anything offensively, we weren't moving like we need to move.
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March 21, 1991 | by Mike Kern, Daily News Sports Writer
Usually, John Chaney avoids comparisons. Every player, every team, deserves to have their own place and time, the Temple basketball coach has continually maintained. The Owls (23-9), who face Oklahoma State (24-7) tomorrow night in an NCAA East Regional semifinal at East Rutherford, N.J., have their time. And the 1987-88 Temple team, which finished 32-2 and was ranked No. 1 in the country before losing to Duke in the East Regional final, has its place. But last Saturday after Temple's 77-64 win over Richmond, Chaney said that this year's team might be the better of the two. Since he brought it up, how do they stack up?
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November 24, 1986 | By Chuck Newman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple, by design, and Villanova, by necessity, will continue experimenting tonight when they meet in the second round of the preseason National Invitation Tournament at Villanova's duPont Pavilion. Villanova advanced by struggling past Howard, 71-61, on Friday night, while the Owls won at Virginia, 79-75. The winner of tonight's game will own a berth in the semifinals, which will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York this Friday night. Yesterday, Wildcats coach Rollie Massimino said he was undecided whether to start 6-foot-6 sophomore Doug West or 6-3 sophomore Gary Massey at forward.
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January 6, 1989 | By M. G. Missanelli, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fresh off their biggest victory of the season, the Temple Owls are on the road to facing one of their most demanding challenges. Temple, which defeated La Salle, 67-57, Wednesday night at the Palestra, will meet North Carolina State (No. 16 AP, No. 18 UPI) tomorrow at the Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, the first meeting in 35 years between the two schools. The game (Channel 10, 2 p.m.) is part of a home-and-home series between Temple and N. C. State. Next season, the Wolfpack will play the Owls at either McGonigle Hall or Atlantic City's Convention Hall.
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February 3, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
John Chaney's family and his friends know how much the former Temple coach dislikes receiving honors, which is why they kept rather quiet as plans were being made to pay tribute to him and fellow Hall of Fame coach Harry Litwack with statues in the lobby of the Liacouras Center. Saturday, the statues honoring Chaney and Litwack were unveiled about two hours prior to the start of Temple's game against Villanova. The ceremony, witnessed by dozens of Owls who played under Chaney, pleased the 82-year-old coach, but one got the feeling that he would have tried to stop it had he known about it sooner.
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December 29, 2009 | By MIKE KERN, kernm@phillynews.com
For one night, Temple's basketball program took a step back in time. For the better part of three decades, the Owls called McGonigle Hall their home. That era came to a close on Feb. 24, 1997, with a win over Fordham. The following season, they moved next door to the Liacouras Center. But for these 40 minutes, it was mostly about the past. Playing before a sellout crowd of just under 4,000, which because of semester break did not include the usual student contingent, the Owls beat Bowling Green, 63-39.
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January 12, 2009 | By Jeff McLane INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Last night offered a glimpse at what a low-post player with Lavoy Allen's skill set can do for a team that has a dead-eye shooting guard like Dionte Christmas. Led by that inside-outside combination, Temple turned La Salle inside out, 75-68, last night at a less-than-full Tom Gola Arena in the Atlantic Ten Conference opener for both teams. The Owls (8-6) led from start to finish and never allowed the Explorers to inch any closer than five points in the second half. Each time La Salle (8-6)
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January 21, 2007 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As yet another Atlantic Ten Conference opponent made more than half its shots against Temple yesterday, a fan at the Liacouras Center yelled: "Got to work on the D, Fran. " The way Temple coach Fran Dunphy assesses the situation, it's much more than his team's defense that needs work. After a frantic second-half comeback came up short and the Owls fell to Rhode Island, 85-77, for the sixth loss in their last seven games, Dunphy said: "We weren't doing anything offensively, we weren't moving like we need to move.
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February 7, 2002 | By TIM CASEY For the Daily News
Near the end of the first half, Lynn Greer stood a few feet from midcourt, setting up Temple's offense. Then, Rhode Island's Steve Mello darted over to help Howard Smith double-team the Owls' star guard. Seconds later, the pressure defense forced Greer to call a timeout. At the time, Temple was leading by 17 points and had held the Rams to 18.5 percent shooting on its way to an easy, 71-42 victory last night at Keaney Gymnasium. The win was the Owls' third victory in a row and improved their record to 9-12 overall and 6-3 in the Atlantic 10. But disregard all the positives.
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November 12, 2000 | By Mike Jensen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A lot of people thought Ron Blackshear would be the designated sharpshooter off Temple's bench this season, or possibly even move into Mark Karcher's go-to role in the Owls offense. Atlantic Ten coaches and media thought so. They put Blackshear on the league's preseason all-rookie team. However, Blackshear, a highly touted high school star who sat out last season because of NCAA academic restrictions, has yet to get through John Chaney's geometry class, which masquerades as preseason practice.
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March 23, 1994 | By Mike Bruton, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Just a couple of days removed from a stinging defeat at the hands of Indiana in the second round of the NCAA tournament, Temple coach John Chaney is scouring the country for players with the enormous talent of Aaron McKie and Eddie Jones. Players like them, the only two seniors leaving the Owls, are as rare as dinosaur eggs. But Chaney seemed encouraged that the Temple basketball tradition would continue, even though the coach is sweating the springtime recruiting rites, as usual.
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March 21, 1991 | by Mike Kern, Daily News Sports Writer
Usually, John Chaney avoids comparisons. Every player, every team, deserves to have their own place and time, the Temple basketball coach has continually maintained. The Owls (23-9), who face Oklahoma State (24-7) tomorrow night in an NCAA East Regional semifinal at East Rutherford, N.J., have their time. And the 1987-88 Temple team, which finished 32-2 and was ranked No. 1 in the country before losing to Duke in the East Regional final, has its place. But last Saturday after Temple's 77-64 win over Richmond, Chaney said that this year's team might be the better of the two. Since he brought it up, how do they stack up?
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March 21, 1991 | By M.G. Missanelli, Inquirer Staff Writer
They all have pretty much gone their own ways. Tim Perry, the sleek power forward, is a backup player with the Phoenix Suns. Ramon Rivas, the burly center, is playing professionally in Spain. Mike Vreeswyk, the smooth wing shooter, is playing professionally in Belgium. Howie Evans, the cerebral point guard, is teaching at Olney High School and preparing to play for the Philadelphia Spirit of the United States Basketball League. Mark Macon, then the freshman shooting guard, is still at Temple, but is on his way to the NBA. Today, the 1987-88 Temple Owls find themselves remembered mainly because their successors three years later are charting a similar course.
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January 20, 1991 | By M. G. Missanelli, Inquirer Staff Writer
It had been more than two years since it last happened, back in the days when the players were named Howie and Timmy and Ramon and Mike. Not counting games against Big Five rivals, Temple had gone to the post 10 times without winning a non-conference game on the road. So yesterday's 71-52 win over Clemson at hostile Littlejohn Coliseum was a milestone. Not only did the victory break the streak, but it came on national television, where the Owls hadn't won a non-conference road game since Howard Evans and Tim Perry and Ramon Rivas and Mike Vreeswyk dismantled North Carolina on Feb. 21, 1988.
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