Ramone Moore’s career high 30 points led the Temple Owls to an upset win over the 10th ranked (and previously undefeated) Georgetown Hoyas 68-65 at the Liacouras Center on Thursday night.
The win provided Temple Coach Fran Dunphy with the 400th win of his illustrious coaching career. Spurred on by a loud and enthusiastic crowd, the Owls went right at the Hoyas from the opening tip, snatching a 6-0 lead. The Owls maintained a lead throughout the first half, building its lead to as much as eleven points (35-24) on two made foul shots by Rahir Jefferson.
Although the Hoyas made a few runs and cut the lead to five points, the Owls ended the half seven points up 39-32. Moore finished the first half with 17 points. He was ably abetted by Scootie Randall with 8 points.
Georgetown was paced by Jason Clark’s 12 points, who shot 4 for 4 in the first half, including 3 three-pointers.
In the second half, Georgetown started to close the gap cutting the Owls lead to two points on six occassions, but each time the Owls rallied to maintain the lead.
Finally, the Hoyas forged a 56-56 tie at the 6:13 mark, but Temple remained resilient and scored 5 straight points on a Moore three-pointer and a Randall tip in to regain the lead for good 61-56.
The Hoyas did manage to cut the lead to one point on a Julian Vaughn basket with under 50 seconds to go and had a chance to take the lead but the Owls came up with a defensive stop. Jefferson closed the scoring with 2 seconds remaining by draining two foul shots to make it 68-65. The Hoyas desperation halfcourt shot as time expired went awry and the Owl fans stormed the court to celebrate the upset victory. The game was nationally televised on ESPN.
The win gave Temple a 6-2 record and Georgetown fell to 8-1 on the season. Temple next plays Akron at home on December 12th. Georgetown will next play Appalachian State at home on the same date.
In addition to Moore’s 30 points, Randall and Jefferson both scored 10 points for Temple. For Georgetown, who had four players in double figures, the leading scorer was Clark with 15, followed by Vaughn and Austin Freeman with 14 each, and Chris Wright added 10. Georgetown won the battle of the boards 32-25. However, the Hoyas committed 17 turnovers.