PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Mardy Collins saw a charge coming he wasn't
willing to take.
With a frenzied Temple student section storming the court in
celebration Saturday after a 91-85 victory over Maryland (No. 19 ESPN/USA Today, No. 18 AP),
Collins deftly avoided the rush and scooted near press row. Let the
students party, he had to stay healthy.
"I was kind of nervous," he said. "I didn't want anyone to
step on my ankle. But if they stepped on my foot from celebrating,
I guess that's fine."
Collins scored 25 points and had 12 assists and Dustin Salisbery
had 23 points for Temple, which went on a 17-2 run late in the
"I think it's the biggest win I've had since I've been here,"
said Collins, a senior who's never played in the NCAA tournament.
"We did everything I think Coach wanted us to do."
Salisbery and Antywane Robinson each hit 3s during the spurt,
Wayne Marshall added a soft touch to some clutch baskets inside as
the Owls (11-7) held Maryland without a field goal for slightly
more than 5 minutes to pull away.
With the usually half-full Liacouras Center nearly sold out, the
fans started chanting "Over-rated!" as security lined the student
section to prevent them from storming the court.
It didn't matter. Students spilled on the court and mobbed the
Owls -- minus Collins -- and several fans went to shake the hand of
smiling Temple coach John Chaney.
"I tried to celebrate with the students because I'm a student,
too," said Mark Tyndale, who had 14 points and 10 rebounds.
The win wasn't too much of an upset considering the Owls are 7-1
at home and have won five of six overall.
Still, it's hard to believe this is the same team that scored
only 34 points last week at Massachusetts. The Owls get another
chance against the Minutemen on Wednesday.
"We play North Carolina next. I'm more worried about that than
the record," Williams said.
Maryland was simply too sloppy with the ball and went cold late
against an Owls team needing every big win it can muster to even
start thinking about the NCAA tournament.
After committing two turnovers and shooting an airball on three
consecutive possessions, Jones and Caner-Medley hit consecutive 3s
for a 63-61 lead.
Travis Garrison's 3 and a driving layup by Caner-Medley made it
67-64 with 6:22 remaining and that was the last basket the Terps
would score until Jones made a 3 with 1:18 left in the game.
The Owls' offense started clicking late. Marshall, the
6-foot-11, 285-pound center who missed the first eight games
because of dizzy spells, was left open on the block and scored two
straight baskets for a 68-67 lead.
Salisbery hit a 3 -- one of 12 for the Owls -- and the season-high
crowd of 10,025 erupted. Robinson added a 3 and Collins stopped on
a drive and hit a little bank shot to give the Owls a 78-67 lead.
When Tyndale made one of two free throws, the Owls capped their run
and went up 81-69.
Caner-Medley temporarily hushed the crowd when he made two
straight 3-pointers that made it 90-83 with just under 10 seconds
left. It didn't matter, as the Owls hung on and beat their second
ranked team of the season. They beat then-No. 18 Alabama 68-58 in
"We turned the ball over, missed easy shots and didn't make
plays," Williams said. "It's as easy as that."
Collins had his first double-double of the year and his 25
points were only three shy of tying his season high. He had all the
assists on the two 3-pointers and Marshall's baskets that jump
started the late second-half surge.
"Mardy did a tremendous job of being calm and poised in
handling the pressure," Chaney said. "He made sure the guys were
doing the things they were supposed to do."
Maryland shot only 48 percent in the second half after shooting
60 in the first, and had 20 turnovers in its second game since
losing leading scorer Chris McCray, who was suspended from the team
for academic reasons earlier in the week, ending his college
The Owls led 43-41 at halftime and Chaney was at his fiery best
early in the second half with the refs as he argued for quite a
while over a double foul. He continued his tirades toward the refs
for most of the second half, waving his arms in frustration.
The Hall of Fame coach had his face buried his hands, nearly
every time Temple went to the free throw line. The Owls missed 10
attempts in the first half and went 28-for-49 overall from the
"There were a few things we did wrong," a smiling Tyndale
said, "but there were so many more we did right. This was probably
the biggest win for all of us since we've been here."