PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Kamesha Hairston capped a career night with
the game-winning layup as time expired to lead Temple (No. 25 ESPN/USA Today, No. 24 AP) past
Xavier 64-62 on Sunday.
Hairston scored 31 points on 15-of-19 shooting -- including
Temple's last six points -- and added eight rebounds for the Owls,
winners of 14 straight.
With the score tied 62-all and 4 seconds remaining, Temple
needed to go the length of the court. Temple's Ari Moore threw the
inbounds past halfcourt to Candice Dupree, who then found Hairston
wide open under the basket.
Dupree contributed 17 points, seven rebounds and three blocked
shots for Temple (17-3, 9-0 Atlantic 10).
Tara Boothe led Xavier (13-6, 7-1) with 18 points while Miranda
Green and Kristy Wallner added 13 points each. Suntana Granderson
chipped in with 11.
Xavier nearly pulled off the upset. Wallner's three-point play
with 32.5 seconds left gave the Musketeers a 62-60 lead. But
Hairston responded with a 15-foot jumper with 15.2 seconds
remaining to tie it.
On Xavier's ensuing possession, Dupree blocked Green's shot,
setting up the final possession for the Owls.