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Owls shock another giant in upset of Duke

Temple players leap off the bench late in their upset victory over Duke. The Owls have beaten a top-10 team for four straight seasons.

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Temple players leap off the bench late in their upset victory over Duke. The Owls have beaten a top-10 team for four straight seasons.

PHILADELPHIA — Khalif Wyatt hit the 3-pointer, stretched his arms, put his palms down and ran like a little kid imitating a plane.

When his next 3-pointer fell moments later, Wyatt mimicked that plane again — and Temple was really ready to take off.

Wyatt made the two lead-stretching 3's and scored 22, and Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson had 17 to help the Owls knock off No. 5 Duke 78-73 on Wednesday night.

Long an NCAA Tournament regular, the Owls proved again how formidable they are against basketball's elite.

Under coach Fran Dunphy, the Owls have made a knack out of upsetting some of the top programs. They beat No. 8 Tennessee in 2008, No. 3 Villanova in 2009 and No. 10 Georgetown last season.

This one felt better than them all.

"Whenever you play Duke, you want to beat those guys," Owls forward Ramone Moore said.

Star guard Juan Fernandez made up for an off night from the field with a team-high six assists for the Owls, who shot 56 percent (31-for-55), outrebounded Duke 32-29 and scored 21 off turnovers.

NO. 1 SYRACUSE 87, PROVIDENCE 73: Brandon Triche hit three straight 3-pointers early in the second half as the visiting Orange (16-0, 3-0 Big East) pulled away.

NO. 9 G'TOWN 73, NO. 20 MARQUETTE 70: Hollis Thompson's 3-pointer with less than 30 seconds left capped a comeback from a 17-point deficit for the host Hoyas (13-1, 3-0 Big East), who won their 11th straight and handed the Golden Eagles (12-3, 1-1) their third loss in five games.

NO. 14 KANSAS 67, NO. 23 KANSAS ST. 49: Thomas Robinson had 15 points and 14 rebounds for the host Jayhawks (11-3) and helped thwart a second-half rally by the Wildcats (11-2) in a Big 12 opener.

NO. 19 MURRAY ST. 76, E. KENTUCKY 67: Isaiah Canaan had the 1,000th point of his career for the host Racers (15-0, 3-0 OVC), who are one win from matching the school's best start set in 1935-36.

UCF 60, TULANE 53: Marcus Jordan had 19 points for the host Knights (11-3) in their Conference USA opener.

SAINT LEO 63, TAMPA 45: Shaun Adams had 23 points, seven rebounds and five blocks as the visiting Lions (7-5, 1-1 Sunshine State) routed the Spartans (4-8, 0-3).

FLA. SOUTHERN 76, ECKERD 61: Seth Evans hit six 3-pointers and had 22 points as the host Moccasins pulled away from the Tritons (7-4, 1-2 SSC).

CLOCK CONFUSION: A split-second discrepancy between two game clocks at the end of Michigan State's overtime win over Wisconsin Tuesday night was caused by a routine technological issue, Wisconsin officials said. A clock on top of the backboard that had run out was working properly and is considered official. A nearby LED-style electronic display that showed a fraction of a second left is linked directly to the scorer's table, which has a normal delay of .1 to .2 seconds.


TAMPA 61, SAINT LEO 30: Sarah Wickham had 18 points and Jalessa Harmon 17 for the host Spartans (7-5, 1-1 Sunshine State), who gave coach Tom Jessee the victory over his wife, Nikki, in her first year as coach of the Lions (6-6, 0-2).

FLA. SOUTHERN 65, ECKERD 62: The host Moccasins held on despite freshman Emilie Hesseldal's career-high 20 points for the Tritons (7-3, 2-1 SSC).

NO. 1 BAYLOR 90, MISSOURI 46: Odyssey Sims had 22 points in the Big 12 opener for the host Bears, 14-0 for the first time.

NO. 2 UCONN 79, W. VA. 60: The Huskies (12-1, 2-0 Big East) won their 93rd straight home game.

NO. 3 NOTRE DAME 74, SETON HALL 36: Skylar Diggins had 14 points, and the visiting Irish (14-1, 2-0 Big East) cruised to their 11th straight victory.

KANSAS ST. 71, NO. 9 TEXAS A&M 69, OT: Mariah White banked in a runner with 1.6 seconds left to lift the host Wildcats over the Aggies (9-3) in a Big 12 opener.

NO. 13 TEXAS TECH 58, OKLA. ST. 53: Kierra Mallard had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the host Raiders (13-0) in their Big 12 opener.

KANSAS 72, NO. 23 TEXAS 67: The Jayhawks upset the host Longhorns (10-3) to win their first Big 12 opener in six years.

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