Men's Basketball

College basketball notes: Temple's D downs Duke; Murray holds off Eastern

Georgetown center Henry Sims (14) guarded the rim and blocked a shot by Marquette guard Darius Johnson-Odom during the first half in Washington. Sims scored 13 points.
Georgetown center Henry Sims (14) guarded the rim and blocked a shot by Marquette guard Darius Johnson-Odom during the first half in Washington. Sims scored 13 points. MCT

Khalif Wyatt scored 22 points and Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson had 17 to help host Temple knock off No. 5 Duke 78-73 on Wednesday night.

Using tough man-to-man defense that limited Duke's long-range shots, the Owls (10-3) grabbed the lead midway through the first half and never let it go. When the Blue Devils (12-2) crept within three points in the waning minutes, Wyatt hit consecutive three-pointers for a 66-57 lead.

The Owls had lost nine straight times to Duke, and hadn't beat the Blue Devils since Jan. 25, 1996. This decisive win in front of more than 20,000 fans gave the Owls wins over Top 10 teams for the fourth straight season, all in Philadelphia.

Mason Plumlee had 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Blue Devils.

Temple fans stormed the court in celebration and lingered long after the final buzzer.

No. 9 Georgetown 73, No. 20 Marquette 70: Jason Clark scored 26 points and Hollis Thompson's tiebreaking three-pointer with less than 30 seconds left capped a comeback from a 17-point deficit, helping Georgetown beat visiting Marquette.

The Hoyas (13-1, 3-0 Big East) ran their winning streak to 11 games, their longest in five years. They got 16 points from Thompson, 13 from Henry Sims, and key contributions from four freshmen who played significant minutes in the second half.

Florida State 85, Auburn 56: Michael Snaer scored a career-high 22 points — going 10 of 10 from the free-throw line — and Ian Miller added 15 points as Florida State routed visiting Auburn.

Snaer had 14 points in the first half as the Seminoles (9-5) grabbed a 50-16 halftime lead. It was a stunning reversal of fortune for Florida State, which trailed by 17 points at the half in Friday's triple-overtime loss to Princeton.

Memphis 69, Tennessee 51: Antonio Barton had 19 points and Tarik Black missed only one of his eight shots, scoring 18 points as Memphis beat visiting Tennessee.

Will Barton added 10 points as the Tigers (9-5) used a strong inside game from Black, complemented by Barton connecting on five of seven from the field, including 4-for-5 outside the arc.

Barton, who did not start after being late for a team meeting, finished 4-for-13 from the field. Black grabbed seven rebounds, helping Memphis outrebound Tennessee 36-26.

Drexel 60, Towson 27: Samme Givens scored 18 points and Drexel beat visiting Towson, which tied the NCAA record for consecutive losses by a Division I team at 34 with Sacramento State. New Jersey Institute of Technology set the overall record of 51, but did it when transitioning from Division II to Division I.

Towson (0-15, 0-3) made just eight baskets in the game, shooting 21.6 percent.

State men

No. 19 Murray State 76, Eastern Kentucky 67: Donte Poole scored 22 points and Isaiah Canaan added 16 — including the 1,000th of his career — and host Murray State remained unbeaten.

The Racers (15-0, 3-0 Ohio Valley Conference) are one win from matching the school's all-time best start set in 1935-36. But to get there they had to hold off a furious rally by the Colonels.

The Colonels trailed by as many as 15 points, but came within one with a little less than five minutes to go before falling for the seventh straight time in the series.

Jaron Jones scored 23 points for Eastern (9-7, 3-1).

Centre 91, Berea 64: Host Centre (9-3) hit 61 percent of its shots in the second half to run away from Berea (5-10).Forward Greg Ross led the winners with 22 points and seven rebounds. Berea got a 24 points from Henry Cross.

Thiel 66, Thomas More 64: Devon Adams scored 25 points, hitting seven of 11 from the field and eight of nine free throws, to lead host Thiel past Thomas More.

The Saints, now 8-5, got 16 points from senior center Colt Stafford.

Thiel, 5-0 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference, finished the game with a 9-6 run.

State women

Thomas More 69, Thiel 47: The visiting Saints raced off to a 31-9 lead and ran their record to 5-0 in Presidents' Athletic Conference play. Sophomores Katie Kitchen and Moriah Corey led the way with 13 points each.

Franklin 67, Tranyslvania 57: Senior center Jessica Prewitt hit seven of 11 shots and 21 points to allow host Franklin to remain unbeaten (12-0) in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Transy got 18 points from Jariana Gillispie, but hit only 34 percent, while Franklin hit 46 percent. The lead changed hands six times, but Transy, now 4-0 and 2-3 in the league, never led by more than one.