7:00 PM ET, January 26, 2005
NEW YORK (AP) -- Jermaine Anderson scored a career-high 20 points and Fordham beat Temple 54-47 on Wednesday night, the Rams' first win over the Owls in 24 years.Fordham (8-10, 4-3) had lost 20 consecutive games to the Owls (8-8, 4-1), including all 19 meetings since the Rams joined the Atlantic 10 in 1995. The last time Fordham beat Temple was Jan. 9, 1981, a 62-59 home victory.The Owls won the earlier meeting this season 77-45, but Fordham took advantage of poor shooting by Temple to take an early lead Wednesday and never gave it up.The Owls finished 1-for-19 from 3-point range and were 4-for-13 from the free-throw line. The Owls shot 32.3 percent overall (21-for-65).Anderson's three-point play with 3:15 to play gave the Rams a 49-43 lead and it was their only field goal over the final 7 minutes.Temple got to 49-47 with 2:21 to go, but the Owls' poor shooting from beyond the 3-point line and at the free-throw line continued through the final minute.Anderson and Marcus Stout combined to go 5-for-6 from the line in the final 34 seconds to seal the win, the Rams' third in four games.Anderson, a junior guard whose previous high was 19 points earlier this season, was 6-for-10 from the field, including 4-for-7 on 3s.Mardy Collins had 17 points on 8-for-21 shooting for Temple, which had won two straight, but missed all eight of his 3-point attempts.Fordham used a 13-0 run to take a 21-8 lead with 4:57 left in the first half. Anderson had a 3 during the spurt that saw Temple go 9½ minutes without scoring. The Rams were up 24-15 at halftime.Temple got as close as 32-31, but couldn't tie the game.Stout was 3-for-16 from the field, including 2-for-10 on 3s, and finished with 13 points and six assists. Bryant Dunston and Mushon Ya'akosi each had nine rebounds for the Rams, who finished with a 42-38 advantage on the boards and shot 33 percent (15-for-45).The four conference wins match the most for Fordham since it went 7-9 in 1999-2000. The Rams were 6-22 last season, 3-13 in the Atlantic 10 in coach Dereck Whittenburg's first season. This was their third straight home conference win following victories over Richmond and Xavier.
|FG Made-Attempted||21-65 (.323)||15-45 (.333)|
|3P Made-Attempted||1-19 (.053)||6-21 (.286)|
|FT Made-Attempted||4-13 (.308)||18-23 (.783)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||19 (0/0)||13 (0/0)|