Akron outlasts Temple in OT; Chaney misses game
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Darryl Peterson and Nick Dials each scored
17 points to lead the Akron Zips to an 80-73 overtime win over the Temple Owls
in the opening round of the NIT from the Liacouras Center.
Romeo Travis added 14 points and nine boards for the Zips (23-9), while Quade
Milum chipped in with 13 points off the bench. Akron moves on to face
Creighton in the first round of the NIT on Thursday.
Mark Tyndale paced the Owls (17-15) in defeat with a game-high 23 points and
seven rebounds. Mardy Collins turned in 22 points and eight boards in the
loss, while Antywane Robinson had 13 points and seven rebounds.
Despite shooting just 33.3 percent from the field in the first half, Temple
was able to take a 34-26 lead into the break.
In the second half, Collins nailed a jumper with 35 seconds left in regulation
to put the Owls up 66-64. Akron, however, had an answer and behind a Dru Joyce
layup with nine seconds left the Zips were able to force an overtime session
The Zips used a 6-0 spurt in overtime en route to the seven-point victory.
The game marked the end of Temple head coach John Chaney’s career, although he
wasn’t behind the bench. Chaney decided not only to retire on Monday, but he
also made the decision not to coach in tonight’s game due to family reasons.
The Hall of Fame coach spent 24 seasons at Temple and ended his career with
741 wins. Chaney also led the Owls to the postseason 23 times in 24 years,
including 17 NCAA Tournament appearances.