(21) Temple 48

(13-4, 4-1 A 10)

(9) Rutgers 47

(12-3, 4-0 Big East)

    7:00 PM ET, January 19, 2006

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    #21TEM 27 2148
    #9RUTG 24 2347

    Top Performers

    Temple: F. Maddox 15 Pts

    Rutgers: C. Pondexter 19 Pts, 4 Reb

    Dupree nets 14 as No. 20 Temple upsets No. 9 Rutgers

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- Candice Dupree was ready for the physical play of No. 9 Rutgers.

    Dupree scored 14 points, including the go-ahead basket with 1:48 left, and Temple (No. 20 ESPN/USA Today; No. 21 AP) upset the Scarlet Knights 48-47 Thursday night.

    "We were more prepared to deal with their physical play this year," Dupree said. "I think we caught them off guard with our aggressive play."

    The Owls (13-4) had to rally late after Rutgers had taken a five-point lead and seemed to have the momentum. With the Scarlet Knights (12-3) ahead 44-39 with 6:14 left, Temple played deliberately on offense to get good shots and slowly whittled the margin.

    Kamesha Hairston hit a free throw to make it 44-40. Rutgers, which had several cold shooting spells, missed twice before Fatima Maddox, who led the Owls with 15 points, hit a jumper to cut the lead to 44-42. A Rutgers turnover gave the ball back to the Owls, and Maddox hit a jumper to tie the game.

    Dupree scored to give Temple the lead, and Lady Comfort's layup with 5 seconds left made it 48-44. Cappie Pondexter hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for Rutgers.

    "Our players needed a wakeup call," Temple coach Dawn Staley said. "They can't know how good they can be until they beat a team of this caliber. We had to drive to the basket and we had to exploit their [Rutgers] inability to stop us."

    Temple scored 26 points in the paint.

    The Owls fell behind midway through the first half 24-14, but closed the half on a 17-3 run, then scored the first four points of the second half to take a 31-24 lead. Rutgers, which had trouble getting inside and couldn't get its running game going early, finally broke out as Pondexter triggered a 16-8 run with nine of her game-high 19 points as the Scarlet Knights went ahead 40-39.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 48 47
    FG Made-Attempted 22-47 (.468) 19-45 (.422)
    3P Made-Attempted 1-2 (.500) 3-8 (.375)
    FT Made-Attempted 3-4 (.750) 6-9 (.667)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 12 (0/0) 10 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 7 9

    Game Leaders

    PointsF. Maddox 15C. Pondexter 19
    ReboundsK. Bowens 8M. Campbell 6

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