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Texas Loses Shootout to Temple

March 17, 2001|From Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS — John Chaney is tough to please.

Temple upset Texas, 79-65, in the first round of the NCAA South Regional on Friday, playing short-handed and holding the Longhorns to 39% shooting.

The Temple coach, however, wants more.

"To me, this isn't as good of a defensive team as we've had in the past," Chaney said. "At one point, we began to play an attacklike type of defense, but we couldn't stay with it very long because they started to penetrate against us. But when we shoot the ball well, like we did today, it cures a lot of ills."

Quincy Wadley got hot early and Temple's defense played well enough to send the Owls (22-12) into the second round for the second consecutive year.

Wadley scored 23 points--20 in the first half, when he made four of five three-point shots--to carry the 11th-seeded Owls.

The sixth-seeded Longhorns, who won their final six regular-season games, made only six of 21 three-pointers and seven of 12 free throws.

Florida 69, Western Kentucky 56--Once Udonis Haslem and Brett Nelson found their favorite spots, the Gators were OK.

Florida, which reached the NCAA championship game last season, settled down after a shaky start against the Hilltoppers to win a first-round game.

With Nelson bombing away from outside and Haslem taking over inside, third-seeded Florida, which will play Temple in the second round, assumed command with a 14-0 run early in the second half and pulled away.

Haslem led the Gators (24-6) with 24 points and 11 rebounds and Nelson scored 19.

Chris Marcus led the 14th-seeded Hilltoppers (24-7) with 14 points and 16 rebounds.

Penn State 69, Providence 59--The Crispin brothers sure know how to play nice together.

Joe Crispin scored 13 points and brother Jon added 11 to lead the seventh-seeded Nittany Lions over the Friars.

The Crispin brothers also had nine rebounds and five assists and were six for seven from the free-throw line.

Gyasi Cline-Heard had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Titus Ivory added 13 points.

Penn State (20-11) made eight of 19 three-point shots against Providence (21-10), which had held teams to 29% this season. Joe Crispin and Ivory each made three three-pointers

Erron Maxey led Providence with 16 points, and Karim Shabazz had 13 points and nine rebounds.

North Carolina 70, Princeton 48--Brendan Haywood, Joseph Forte and the Tar Heels made themselves right at home at the Superdome.

The Tar Heels, returning to the site of their last two NCAA championship victories in 1993 and 1982, quickly ended any thought of another Princeton upset with an easy first-round win.

Haywood led North Carolina (26-6), which will play Penn State in the second round, with 15 points. Forte had 13 points, 12 rebounds and a nifty behind-the-back drive for a layup. Jason Capel and Julius Peppers each scored 12 points for the Tar Heels.

Ed Persia led Princeton (16-11) with 16 points. Nate Walton, the son of Bill Walton, had nine, including a couple of hook shots like his father used to make.

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