TEMPLE STREAKS TO 5TH STRAIGHT WITH QUALITY WIN AT VANDY!

By Sally Fahey

Tai Strickland scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half and overtime, and Temple beat Vanderbilt 72-68.

Strickland made a steal and hit two free throws for a 67-65 lead with 1:16 left in overtime. Vanderbilt got an offensive rebound on its next possession and Jamaine Mann made 1 of 2 free throws. Damian Dunn sank a contested 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down to extend Temple’s lead to 70-66 at 20.5

After another offensive rebound for Vanderbilt, Mann scored to make it 70-68 with 12.7 left but Jeremiah Williamsmade two free throws for a four-point lead and Trey Thomas missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Vanderbilt was coming off an 84-72 loss to SMU.

Dunn finished with 18 points for Temple (6-3), which has won five in a row. Temple was playing without its leading scorer Khalif Battle (21.4 ppg), who is out for the season. Strickland missed the previous two games with a thigh injury.

Dunn made two free throws with 13 seconds left in regulation to give Temple a 58-53 lead. Scotty Pippen Jr. missed a 3-pointer at the other end, but Vanderbilt got the offensive rebound and Jamaine Mann was fouled while making a basket to get within three points. Mann intentionally missed the free throw and the ball went out of bounds, last touched by a Temple player. After a timeout with 2,.7 seconds left, Jordan Wright found Pippen in the corner for a contested 3-pointer. Temple inbounded it at 0.5 but a long heave didn’t hit the rim as time expired.

 

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