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Rapid Reaction: Temple 66, Penn State 64

3/17/2011

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Temple won its first NCAA tournament game since 2001, but it might be even bigger than that because Owls coach Fran Dunphy is no longer yoked with an 11-game tournament losing streak.

After a thrilling 66-64 win over Penn State in the second round of the West Region, Dunphy's winning streak sits at one, with potential to grow.

Turning point: Both teams produced clutch shots at the end, but Temple got the ball last. Just after a 3-pointer from Penn State's outstanding point guard Talor Battle tied the game at 64-64 with 14 seconds left, Owls guard Juan Fernandez answered with a short jumper in the lane just before the buzzer.

Key player: Fernandez ruled the first half, but Ramone Moore surged in the second half in the back-and-forth affair. Fernandez scored 17 of his 23 points in the first half, while Moore scored 17 of his 23 in the second half.

Key stat: Temple's bench outscored Penn State's 10-2.

Miscellaneous: The Owls were 13-of-15 from the charity stripe. Penn State was just 4-of-6 and didn't shoot a free throw in the second half... Dunphy entered the game 1-12 all-time in the tournament and 0-3 with the Owls.

What's next: On Saturday, Temple will play the winner of No. 2 San Diego State versus No. 15 Northern Colorado, which tips off at 4:40 p.m.