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Thursday, January 5th, 2012 at 10:00 am  |  8 responses

Temple Knocks Off No. 5 Duke

by David Cassilo / @dcassilo

Playing in front of over 20,000 fans at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night, Temple defeated No. 5 Duke for the first time since 1996 with a 78-73 victory. Temple had dropped nine straight to Duke before the win.

The Owls fell behind the Blue Devils early, but a jumper from Juan Fernandez with 13:49 remaining in the first half put Temple up for good. Despite several runs from Duke, Temple rode a hot offense, shooting 56.4 percent from the field, for a win over a top-10 team for the fourth straight season.

The difference maker was in the Temple backcourt. Junior guard Khalif Wyatt scored 22 points and tallied 5 steals. His defense kept Austin Rivers and Seth Curry quiet. The Duke duo shot 5-for-16 from the field and finished with a total of 18 points.

After the game, Wyatt was getting praise from the losing squad.

From CSNPhilly.com:

“Wyatt is a big-shot guy,” Mike Krzyzewki said. “He can go 1 for 10 and hit the big shot. He just believes in himself and you love that in a kid. And you love that Dunph puts him in a position to do that.”

The loss is Duke’s second of the season, and its first since a 22-point loss to Ohio State on Nov. 29. The Blue Devils are yet to win a true road game and will look to change that in their ACC opener against Georgia Tech on Saturday.

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  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    Big, big win for TU.

  • Zack

    This kind of calms down the Duke A-Holes here in NC. After UNC’s loss to LV, Duke thought they ran the planet.

  • Duke Fan

    F that ish

  • http://twitter.com/yo_mister Jesse

    was there. it was awesome.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Bill Cosby is proud.

  • Fat Lever

    Fight, fight, fight for the cherry and white. This TU team could make a little noise once they get Eric back. Maybe it was the ride on the Orange line that got them the win.

  • http://twitter.com/yo_mister Jesse

    Miles was killing Lee in the paint would have loved to have had Eric at Center.

  • TRUTH

    Okay. Where do I begin? I guess first off I would like to dedicate this loss to those Duke-riders (current students, alumni, those who personally know somoeone who attends Duke, and the rich, i.e. 98% of Duke fans, lol) who were clowning my Florida Gators on their loss to Rutgers. If Duke can lose to a non-ranked team, so can Florida. (Keep ya head up Beal.)
    Secondly, that game was cray. I’m not particularly large on Duke, but I for one thought they had it locked down (it’s Temple after all). But once again the underdogs rose from beneath the ground and punished one of the “top ranked” teams. This is why college hoops is getting so exciting. Man, look at what’s been going on.
    1) My Kentucky crew lost to Indiana (Not to take anything at all away from Indiana, but ya’ll know that was a lucky 3, lol; I guess that’s why you should never give up on a play, even in the last minute.)
    2) Florida fell to Rutgers. (Rutgers never been an easy place to compete @).
    3) Ohio St. lost to both Kansas & Indiana (both are no jokes!!)
    4) Kansas lost to Davidson (still trying to figure that one out!!!)
    5) North Carolina fell to UNLV (I f*** with North Carolina, but I am still hurt by this loss.)
    6)Indiana loss to Georgetown (considering how tough Georgetown is and the fact that Indiana only recently became a true contender for the title thanks in large part to Cody Zeller, I’ll take the L.)
    It’s getting to the point where the team that actually wins it all could be a team that wasn’t even “ranked” in the pre-season!!! The commentator said it nicely: It’s not so much about rank as it is about matchups. But all in all, congrats Temple and Temple associates!!!

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