AP Sports Writer
Miami forward Jason Grunkemeyer is lifted up by fans after the RedHawks upset No. 17 Temple, 66-58.|
OXFORD, Ohio (AP) - Jason Grunkemeyer scored 20 points as Miami University solved No. 17 Temple's matchup zone and beat the Owls, 66-58, on Thursday (Nov. 30).
Miami (2-3) opened its home season by upsetting a Top 25 team for the second time in three years. The RedHawks beat No. 18 Tennessee 68-62 in 1998.
Temple (4-2) was playing the middle game between two matchups with No. 1 Duke. The Owls lost to the Blue Devils 63-61 in the final of the Preseason NIT on Friday
and have a rematch in Philadelphia on Saturday.
First, there was the matter of a struggling Miami team that hadn't been able to hit outside shots. The RedHawks made 11 of their 22 3-point shots over Temple's
matchup zone, patiently finding open spots on the perimeter with inside-out passing.
Grunkemeyer, who had missed his last eight 3-point attempts heading into the game, went 5-for-7 from behind the arc and rallied the RedHawks from a nine-point deficit
in the first half.
The RedHawks also turned brawnier Temple into a perimeter team with a tight man-to-man defense that double-teamed the Owls whenever they passed inside.
That left open shots that Temple hit initially. The Owls made seven of their first eight, including 5-of-6 on 3-point attempts, while pulling ahead 19-10. They went cold in
the second half, missing their first eight as Miami gained control.
Lynn Greer had 17 points for Temple, which went only 4-of-18 on 3-point attempts in the second half.
Grunkemeyer, who was only 5-of-17 on 3-point attempts heading in, made two of them early on to set the tone. Miami tied it at 31 on Larry Drake's consecutive
3-pointers, but Greer's driving layup put Temple up 33-31 at halftime.
There were only five fouls called in the first half, when neither team went to the line.
Grunkemeyer opened the second half with a 3-pointer that gave Miami its first lead since the opening minutes. Another 3 by Drake pushed the lead to 41-37.
After Temple caught up, Grunkemeyer hit a 3-pointer that started a seven-point spurt and gave Miami its biggest lead, 48-41, with 6:34 left.
When Temple cut the lead to 50-47, Grunkemeyer hit an uncontested 3-pointer and Miami was never seriously challenged again. Four free throws by Doug Davis padded
the lead to 59-48 with 1:19 to play.
Canisius Nips Buffalo, 80-78, In OT
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Hodari Mallory scored on a tip-in with one second left in overtime to give Canisius an 80-78 win over Buffalo Thursday (Nov. 30.
Mallory scored after a missed shot by Andrew Bush.
Canisius' Clive Bentick tied the game at 78 with 8 seconds left. The Bulls gave Gabe Cagwin lost control of the ball with 6 seconds left.
Lewis Campbell led Buffalo with 23 points. He scored 6 straight points in overtime to give the Bulls (0-3) a 77-74 lead.
The Bulls, which had trailed by as much as 12 points in the second half tied the game 64-64 with 8 seconds left on a three-pointer by Damien Foster.
Canisius (3-0) had a chance to win the game in regulation by Brian Dux' layup with 3 seconds left.
Darren Fenn and Bentick each scored 22 points for Canisius.