Rose scores 26, Tem­ple up­sets No. 25 FSU

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By De­nis P. Gor­man

Quin­ton Rose fin­ished with 26 points as Tem­ple erased 12-point deficit in the sec­ond half to up­set No. 25 Florida State 89-86 in the NIT Sea­son Tip-Off Thurs­day.

NEW YORK >> Lit­tle had gone right for the Tem­ple Owls be­fore they gath­ered around coach Fran Dun­phy dur­ing a timeout. It would have been easy for them to la­ment their woes.

In­stead, as Shizz Al­ston Jr. re­called, their mes­sage to each other was cloaked in de­fi­ance.

“We’re on a big stage, we’re not go­ing out like this,” Al­ston said af­ter Tem­ple’s 89-86 vic­tory over No. 25 Florida State on Thurs­day in the first game of the NIT Sea­son Tip-Off. “We want to fight back.”

Quin­ton Rose scored 26 points, in­clud­ing two free throws with 2 sec­onds left. Al­ston Jr. added 22 points and Obi Ene­chionyia had 16 points and eight re­bounds for the Owls (3-2).

Dwayne Ba­con had 22 points for the Semi­noles (4-1). Jonathan Is­sac added 19 points. Xavier Rathan-Mayes had 11, and Ter­ance Mann 10.

“They’re so deep,” Dun­phy said about Florida State. “So ath­letic. They can make shots, too.”

Trail­ing by 12 with 9:26 left, Tem­ple went on a 15-2 run to take a 73-72 lead. The stretch be­gan when Shawn Al­ston made a 3. That was fol­lowed by Rose’s put­back, Ene­chionyia’s lay-in, two made free throws by Al­ston, and con­sec­u­tive 3s from Al­ston and Damion Moore.

The Owls were able to ex­tend their ad­van­tage to 85-80 af­ter Ene­chionyia’s made 3 with 3:18 left. But Trent For­rest’s lay-in with 77 sec­onds cut the deficit to one, 8786.

“They spread the floor,” Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said of Tem­ple’s of­fen­sive ap­proach in the sec­ond half. “They were shooting the 3s and they spread the floor, did a great job of tak­ing us off the drib­ble when they got to the foul line.

“Give them credit: They did what they had to do.”

Florida State had a chance to win, but Isaac air-balled a layup at­tempt with four sec­onds left. Rose’s two free throws sealed the win.

“We started mak­ing ev­ery shot we took,” Dun­phy said.


Tem­ple play­ers cel­e­brate af­ter beat­ing Florida State in the semi­fi­nals of the NIT Sea­son Tip-Off tour­na­ment in New York on Thurs­day.

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