Thursday, January 05, 2012

Temple stuns No. 5 Duke

PHILADELPHIA - With over a dozen NBA scouts on hand and a host of subway alumni cheering on Duke, it was Khalif Wyatt that made quite an impression.

Wyatt pored in 22 points as Temple shocked the fifth-ranked Blue Devils, 78-73, in front of a sold out crowd at Wells Fargo Center.

Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson added 17 points and pulled down six rebounds while Anthony Lee contributed 11 points and seven boards for the Owls (10-3), who have won four straight and snapped a nine-game losing shid to Duke.

"We wanted to take away the three," said Temple head coach Fran Dunphy. "I thought we defended well most of the game. If you allow them the two-pointers and get beat up inside, you prevent their killer runs."

It was the fourth straight year that the Owls beat a top-10 team. Dunphy's club best eighth-ranked Tennessee in 2008, No. 3 Villanova in 2009 and No. 9 Georgetown in 2010.

Miles Plumlee scored 17 points, Mason Plumlee added 16, 13 rebounds and four assists and Austin Rivers donated 12 points for the Blue Devils (12-2), who came into the game on a five-game winning streak.

"They played with great toughness. They made big shots. They outplayed us," said Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski. "For some reason, we didn't show up with the enthusiasm and toughness we needed. I'm disappointed in our performance."

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