March 7, 1989 |
At the start of every season, Temple shoots for one goal, and one goal only - getting into the NCAA tournament. But last night at the Palestra, the Owls probably saw their dream go up in smoke thanks to an inspired Rutgers team and an official's whistle. The Scarlet Knights upset Temple, 62-59, in overtime to qualify for the final of the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament. The third-seeded Knights (17-12), who were 7-22 a year ago, earned the right to meet Penn State, an 86-64 upset victor over West Virginia, in Thursday night's championship game at Piscataway, N.J. The winner will receive an automatic NCAA bid, and with regular-season- champion West Virginia almost assured of an invitation, the 18-11 Owls can only sit and wait and pray that the NCAA selectors see fit to pick three A-10 teams.
March 1, 1993 |
Bensalem center Bob Regan played in his first playoff game Friday night at Haverford High in the opening round of the PIAA Class AAAA District 1 tournament. That is not surprising, however, because it is only Regan's first season on the varsity, and only his second year of playing organized basketball. Regan was able to shake off the first-game jitters pretty quickly, scoring six of his team's first seven points to give the Owls a 7-0 lead, an advantage they would not relinquish.
March 16, 2001 |
Dawn Staley needed only four words to summarize her first season as coach of the Temple women's basketball team. "Great year, disappointing end," she said. Staley did not need to go into a lengthy explanation after seeing the Owls lose, 59-57, last night to James Madison in the first round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament at the JMU Convocation Center. The winning margin came on a short turnaround jumper with 6.8 seconds remaining by sophomore Shanna Price (game-high 17 points)
September 10, 1990 |
When they were younger, they would race each other from neighborhood to neighborhood in Andalusia. Edmund Robinson, a year older and a few precious tenths of a second faster, always won. "Rasheen only ever beat me once as I can remember," said Edmund of his younger brother. "About three years ago, I had a bad leg and he beat me on the beach at Sea Isle City. " These days, Bensalem's brotherly act race together in the Owls' backfield. It's still early in the season, but something suggests the Robinson brothers may prove a tough duo to upstage this season in Bucks County.
February 24, 1996 |
If Temple reaches the NCAA Tournament for the sixth consecutive year, and 11th time in 12 seasons, this might be the one it needed most. Ten days ago, the Owls lost to Rhode Island at home, 67-63, to fall to 12-11. Their NCAA chances looked a bit shaky. Last night at Keaney Gymnasium, Temple won its third straight, 73-62, over those same Rams and are probably two more victories from securing a berth in the 64-team NCAA field. The Owls (15-11 overall, 10-4 A-10) play 12th-ranked Virginia Tech tomorrow afternoon at McGonigle Hall, then close the regular season Thursday at St. Bonaventure.
February 28, 1990 |
Usually, there isn't any shame in losing to West Virginia at its vast campus Coliseum, where the Mountaineers haven't lost an Atlantic Ten Conference game all season. But in Temple's case last night, its 55-51 defeat at the hands of WVU sent coach John Chaney home in a foul mood, with unpleasant memories of an inefficient defense, botched offensive opportunities and missed communication. Although the Owls (16-10 overall, 14-3 conference) had gone into the game already having clinched the conference's regular-season title, the loss put a halt to any momentum the team was building for this weekend's Atlantic Ten tournament, which the Owls now probably will have to win to gain a berth in the NCAA tournament.
October 19, 1990 |
The Temple Owls are hoping to use haunting memories as fuel to propel them past Virginia Tech tomorrow in their first home game since Sept. 15. First up, the Owls vividly remember a 48-10 bashing at the hands of archrival Penn State in their last outing, two weeks ago. It wasn't just a rout on the scoreboard; the Nittany Lions whipped the Owls in the trenches as well. The vaunted Temple defense was shredded, yielding 584 yards, 361 rushing. For that, Temple wants redemption.
March 25, 1988 |
There were noticeable cracks during their victory over Lehigh, and detectable blemishes as they embarrassed Georgetown. But last night, high-tech magnifying instruments were needed to spot an imperfection in Temple's 69-47 demolition of the University of Richmond. The naked eye was grossly inadequate. "We weren't perfect, but we can almost feel it coming now," Owls center Ramon Rivas said. "We were close tonight. Real close. It was something to see. " The convincing NCAA East Regional semifinal victory left the 32-1 Owls just three steps away from a national championship.
January 14, 2007 |
Midway through the first half, Temple sophomore Dionte Christmas walked into the huddle and shouted, "You've got to find Life!" He was talking about Massachusetts guard James Life, who had hit three three-pointers in helping his team grab a 26-16 lead. The Owls found some life, as well as Life, shutting him down and rallying to take a 45-40 halftime lead. But they never came close to stopping UMass center Stephane Lasme, who dominated the second half in an 88-77 victory over Temple yesterday afternoon at the Mullins Center.
February 23, 2011 |
Very few people - if any - outside of Temple's locker room probably expect much from the Owls on Wednesday. Understandably so. Twenty-fourth ranked Temple (21-5) will most likely play without two starters against top-ranked Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Tip-off is 7 p.m., and the game will be televised on ESPN2. What makes the road trip more daunting is that Cameron Indoor is a place where even teams with a full complement of players go to crash. The Blue Devils (25-2)