ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Mark Tyndale had 20 points and 15 rebounds and Temple beat Charlotte 60-45 in the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament Friday night, moving the Owls to within a win of their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2001.
Second-seeded Temple (20-12) will have to get past Philadelphia archrival Saint Joseph's (21-11) in the championship game. The fifth-seeded Hawks stunned top-seeded Xavier 61-53 in the first semifinal at Boardwalk Hall in this casino resort.
Temple and Saint Joseph's split two games this season, with each winning by a point. Temple took the most recent game 57-56 on March 2.
Chris Clark added 13 points for Temple, which never trailed in winning its sixth straight game.
The 49ers tried to stage another comeback on Friday after falling behind 36-21 with 17:30 to play.
Charlotte chipped away at the lead over the next 10 minutes and got to within 44-39 on a 3-pointer by Goldwire.
However, Ryan Brooks hit a jumper to ignite an 11-3 spurt that put the game away. Tyndale had a 3-pointer in the run that saw Charlotte miss five straight shots and turn the ball over once in seeing its five-game winning streak snapped.