In the final game of the night in Brooklyn, Temple lost to UMass, 79-74. Last season, the Owls also lost to UMass in their first game of the A-10 Tournament.
It was once again the Chaz Williams show. Temple had no answer for him defensively, as he scored 28 points and made all ten of his free throw attempts. The Owls actually led with about seven minutes to play before the 5’9 guard took the game over.
Temple’s scoring leader, Khalif Wyatt, scored 19 points but only made 4-of-19 shots. Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson had a good game for the Owls, as he scored 17 points, hauled in nine rebounds, and dished out seven assists.
The Owls now must await their fate on Selection Sunday. UMass moves on to the semifinals on Saturday afternoon (4pm ET) to face VCU, who held off St. Joe’s, 82-79.
VCU made 11 of its first 21 three pointers to build a 17 point lead with more than eight minutes left. They still led by 15 points with two minutes left before the Hawks made their furious comeback. VCU scored 25 points on 17 St. Joe’s turnovers.
In the loss, Carl Jones scored 29 points and Langston Galloway chipped in 25 points for the Hawks.
In the day’s earlier A-10 tourney action…