Duquesne 52

(3-19, 1-10 A 10)

Temple 76

(13-9, 6-5 A 10)

    2:00 PM ET, February 11, 2006

    Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    1 2 T
    DUQ 26 2652
    TEM 38 3876

    Top Performers

    Duquesne: C. Duke 13 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Temple: M. Collins 23 Pts, 6 Reb, 6 Ast, 3 Stl

    Temple 76, Duquesne 52

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Scrawled on a board inside Temple's locker room is a message that reads: "NCAA tournament. No excuses."

    No margin for error is more accurate at this point.

    Mardy Collins scored 23 points and Temple snapped a two-game losing streak with a 76-52 victory over woeful Duquesne on Saturday.

    Mark Tyndale added 12 points and Antywane Robinson and Wayne Marshall each had 11 for Temple (13-9, 6-5 Atlantic 10). The Owls haven't been this far above .500 this late in the season since starting 18-4 in 1999-2000.

    But a winning record isn't Temple's goal. Getting an NCAA bid for the first time since 2001 is the priority.

    "We can't lose any more games," Tyndale said, fully aware that Temple still has to play No. 2 Duke later this month. "We might not get a bubble bid."

    Temple needs a strong finish over its final six games and will probably have to go deep in the conference tournament to have a realistic shot at going back to the NCAA tournament.

    The Owls have made 17 appearances in the NCAAs under Hall of Fame coach John Chaney, but have been relegated to playing in the NIT for the last four years.

    "We want to build some momentum the last six games so we don't have to win the A-10 tournament," Collins said.

    Bryant McAllister scored 18 points and Chauncey Duke had 13 for Duquesne (3-19, 1-10), which has lost four straight and 13 of 14.

    "I thought we competed," Dukes coach Danny Nee said. "We came in and we wanted to play a certain way and for most of the night we did. Temple sometimes pushes you out of it."

    Temple started pulling away late in the first half with an 8-0 run. Tyndale made a layup after a nifty behind-the-back, give-and-go pass to Dustin Salisbery. He followed that with a steal and dunk to give the Owls a 36-20 lead.

    Three-pointers by McAllister and Duke helped Duquesne cut it to 38-26 at halftime.

    But Temple opened the second half with another 8-0 run. Marshall scored on a putback and Tyndale's free throw gave the Owls their biggest lead to that point, 46-26.

    The Owls led by double digits for the entire second half, earning another lopsided victory over Duquesne. Temple has won 11 of the last 12 games against the Dukes, including the last four meetings at the Liacouras Center by an average margin of 30.7 points.

    Collins scored 15 points in the second half and finished 10-for-14 from the field. Temple missed nine of its 12 free throws, but was 9-for-20 from 3-point range.

    "I don't think there's a team in the league that's better than us individually, both offensively and defensively," Chaney said. "But it takes a long time to get kids to play with energy as a team. Team offense and team defense, there's many teams better than us. They don't feed off one guy."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 52 76
    FG Made-Attempted 18-46 (.391) 32-57 (.561)
    3P Made-Attempted 10-26 (.385) 9-20 (.450)
    FT Made-Attempted 6-7 (.857) 3-12 (.250)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 9 (0/0) 10 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 24

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