Friday, March 05, 1999
Top-seeded Owls tame Va. Tech
The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA Mark Karcher hit a career-high six three-pointers and Pepe Sanchez keyed Temple's defense with eight steals as Temple advanced to the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament semifinals with a 64-51 win Thursday over Virginia Tech.
Lamont Barnes added 14 points and 13 rebounds, 11 on the offensive end, for the Owls (20-9), who never trailed after building a 19-point halftime lead.
Temple, the top seed in the A-10 East, advances to play Xavier, which eleminated Massachusetts 72-68.
Eddie Lucas led Tech (13-15) with 17 points.
The Owls built a 42-23 halftime lead behind Karcher's perimeter shooting, capping the half with a 3-pointer from the right corner as time expired. Karcher did not hit another field goal in the game.
Virginia Tech cut the lead to 54-44 after Brendan Dunlop opened the second half with two straight 3-pointers and hit a layup in traffic with 3:40 left.
But the Hokies were never able to cut the deficit past 10 points as Temple went inside to Barnes, who had 13 points after halftime.
Geo. Washington 100, Dayton 90
PHILADELPHIA Shawnta Rogers scored 28 points and had seven assists while Mike King scored 24 to help George Washington defeat Dayton and advance to the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament semifinals.
Rogers, the A-10's Player of the Year, had 17 second-half points and committed no turnovers in the first half as GW (20-9) built a 20-point halftime lead and went on to win for the sixth time in seven games.
The Colonials, averaging a league-high 78.4 points per game coming into the contest, hit the 100-point mark for the second time this season. GW advances to play Rhode Island tonight.
Dayton (11-17) never led, falling behind by 51-31 at halftime and 62-31 after a 3-pointer by Mike King with 16:31 to go in the game.
The Flyers went on a 38-18 run over the next 10 minutes, ending with a Coby Turner three-pointer with 5:43 left that cut the lead to 79-69.
King finished with a career-high 11 rebounds, while Mark Ashman had 22 points and Turner added 16.
Rhode Island 83, La Salle 58
PHILADELPHIA Lamar Odom scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Ed Brown's 11 points provided Rhode Island with a spark off the bench.
Antonio Reynolds-Dean added 14 points for the Rams (18-12), while La Salle (13-15) shot just 36 percent from the field on 23-of-62 shooting.
K'Zell Wesson led La Salle with 17 points and 13 rebounds, but leading scorer Donnie Carr was held to eight points, 11 below his season average, on 3-of-15 shooting.
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