66 - 78 Final
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Fast start lifts Duquesne past Temple

Jan 16, 2011 - 12:03 AM Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Bill Clark scored 22 points with six rebounds as Duquesne rode a hot start to upend 19th-ranked Temple, 78-66, at Palumbo Center.

Eric Evans posted 13 points and Mike Talley added 11 for the Dukes (11-5, 3-0 A-10), who won their sixth straight contest and improved to 5-0 in January.

"This was a great win for our program and a great win for our kids," said Dukes head coach Ron Everhart "Our guys played with a lot of character. I thought our chemistry was good all the way around."

Ramone Moore led the way with 18 points for the Owls (12-4, 3-1), who suffered only their second loss in 11 games. Scootie Randall, Khalif Wyatt and Aaron Brown all notched nine points for Temple, which fell behind 19-1 and never recovered.

"Duquesne just played better. They were hungrier and tougher in every sense of the word," Temple head coach Fran Dunphy said. "My hat is off to them. They were much better than we were today."

Duquesne came out on fire, scoring 16 of the game's first 17 points a little more than four minutes in as Talley was good twice from long range and Clark added a three-pointer. B.J. Monteiro connected on a layup and Talley hit a free throw and it was 19-1 for the home team just 7:25 into the contest.

It was 22-2 at the midway point and Temple still hadn't converted a field goal, notching only two free throws by Micheal Eric and TJ DiLeo.

Wyatt's trey finally got the Owls untracked with 8:18 left in the half, but they were still behind 24-9 at that point. Juan Fernandez followed with a three and Randall hit two from the line, but Duquesne maintained control and led 40-23 at the break.

The Owls scored the first six points of the second half and got within 40-29 when Lavoy Allen hit 1-of-2 from the line, but Talley's jumper ignited a brief run that saw Duquesne take a 48-31 edge more than six minutes in.

Sean Johnson's layup with 9:07 to play made it 56-38 and Temple was never able to shrink its deficit below double digits for the rest of the game. The Owls only came within 12 from there.

Game Notes

Duquesne posted its first win over a ranked Owls team since 1956...Temple has won 39 of the 53 all-time meetings...Monteiro added nine points and 10 rebounds for the Dukes...This was Duquesne's largest margin of victory over Temple since an 88-61 win on January 13, 1992.