Ole Miss Falls to Temple
November 18, 1998
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - It's hard to say what caused No. 7 Temple to stumble a bit before finally putting away Mississippi on Wednesday night.
Perhaps the Owls were looking ahead to their next game against fifth-ranked Michigan State. John Chaney sure was.
"If we play that way against Michigan State, we're going to get our clocks cleaned," Chaney said after the Owls overcame a streaky performance to beat Ole Miss 68-52. "Maybe we should lose that game. Maybe I'll make them lose it, so they listen to me."
Rasheed Brokenborough had 21 points as the Owls (3-0) avenged last year's 87-74 loss to Ole Miss (2-1). But Temple nearly squandered a 16-point halftime lead, was outrebounded 42-36 and got only five points from Lamont Barnes.
The Owls face Michigan State and fabulous point guard Mateen Cleaves on Friday night at the Apollo, and Chaney warned his team to play better or get embarrassed.
"The guys on Michigan State, they look like fullbacks," Chaney said. "And Mateen's a pro."
Mississippi sharpshooter Keith Carter, who had a school record seven 3-pointers and 33 points in the Rebels' victory over Temple last season, was held without a field goal in the first half and finished with 16 points.
Carter's opinion of the Owls was much better than Chaney's
"They're just a great team," Carter said. "Last year, the big thing was that it was at our place. The crowd really got behind us, and that had a lot to do with it."
So did Brokenborough. He was 3-for-17 from the field with only seven points last time Temple played Ole Miss. He hit two 3-pointers to stop Rebels runs in the second half, and coasted in for a layup to restore a double-digit lead at 53-42 with 5:49 left.
"Last year when we played them we lost real bad, by like 20-something points," Brokenborough.
"Fifteen," Chaney quickly interrupted, although he was wrong, too.
"We were down by 30," Brokenborough retorted, making his coach smile for what seemed like the first time all night.
Ole Miss trimmed a 16-point halftime deficit to 47-42 on Carter's 6-foot putback with 8:26 left. But Temple got a basket from freshman Kevin Lyde and a layup high off the glass by Pepe Sanchez before both teams went scoreless for nearly two minutes. Brokenborough then glided in for a finger-roll to make it 53-42 with 5:49 to play.
"They're not No. 7 in the country for nothing," Mississippi coach Rod Barnes said.
Quincy Wadley scored 14 for Temple, and Sanchez had 10 as the Owls showed the kind of backcourt depth that has their fans talking Final Four for the first time in Chaney's career.
They'll need more from Barnes, their 6-foot-10 forward, who had nine rebounds but made only 2 of 7 shots from the field.
Even when the Owls were getting the best of it, Chaney's demeanor was typically dour. He sat quietly, as if sulking in a corner, as the 16-point lead nearly slipped away.
"The egos are out there on the floor, and that's not good," Chaney said. "When we're losing, we've got guys who are trying to go on their own. It's fine in pro, but college basketball doesn't work that way."
Temple led 36-20 at halftime, recovering from a 9-0 Rebels run that started the game. Lynn Greer capped an 18-2 run with a 3-pointer from the corner for a 27-14 lead with 4 1/2 minutes left in the half.
The Owls improved to 21-26 against Southeastern Conference opponents, while
Ole Miss dropped to 4-5 against teams from the Atlantic 10 and 42-21 against
non-conference opponents in the last seven seasons.
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