No. 24 Men's Hoops Falls To Temple, 64-48
Dec. 8, 1999
By NANCY ARMOUR
CHICAGO (AP) - No. 19 Temple finally found the key to winning without Pepe Sanchez: Clog up the middle, open it up outside and pray the opponent has a rough shooting night.
Mark Karcher scored 19 points and Lynn Greer added 14 on Wednesday night as the Owls beat No. 24 Gonzaga 64-48 in the Great Eight.
Sanchez has missed four games with a bad ankle - he watched the game from the bench with a somber look that matched his all-black outfit - and the Owls (3-2) have struggled without him. They lost games to Indiana and Wake Forest, and had a tough time beating Florida State.
But Gonzaga (4-2) was just what Temple needed. The Bulldogs were the darlings of the NCAA tournament last year as they knocked off Minnesota, Stanford and Florida on their way to the West Regional final. They gave top-ranked Cincinnati fits on Saturday, but the Owls left their magic on the West Coast.
Gonzaga couldn't get anything going inside or outside. With Temple using a pesky matchup zone to stop up the middle, the Bulldogs had to go to the perimeter and had no success.
They made just two of their first 14 shots from 3-point range, missing eight straight during an eight-minute stretch in the first half. Shot after shot clanged off the rim or swirled around the basket before tumbling out, and they finished the night a dismal 6-of-37 (16 percent) from 3-point range.
Matt Santangelo and Richie Frahm kept their season-long streak of scoring in double figures alive, but both were horrid from the floor. Frahm scored 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting, while Santangelo added 12 on 5-of-13 shooting. The two were a combined 3-of-24 from 3-point range.
Santangelo didn't score his first field goal until 3:52, and his driving
layup was one of the few times Gonzaga was able to fight through the middle.
Casey Calvary's 14 points led the Bulldogs, who were 19-of-62 (31 percent) from the floor. Calvary also had nine rebounds.
While the Bulldogs were struggling from the floor, Temple was letting it fly. Karcher's layup with 14:04 left in the first half gave the Owls an 8-7 lead and they never trailed again.
Gonzaga tied the game at 14 on Frahm's 3-pointer, but Keaton Sanders answered with a 3-pointer of his own, and Greer connected on back-to-back 3s to give Temple a 23-14 lead with 5:46 left in the first half. It was never close again.
The Bulldogs did manage to whittle Temple's lead to 39-32 with 11:31 left in the game on a 3-pointer from Ryan Floyd, but Sanders came through with a basket, Karcher hit another 3 and the Owls cruised from there.
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