WATCH: Temple Loses on Last-Second Shot
Temple gave up offensive rebounds all game. One in the final second cost the Owls the game.
Iowa’s Adam Woodbury grabbed an offensive rebound on an airball and tapped it in with no time left to push the Hawkeyes past the Owls, 72-70, in a first-round NCAA tournament game.
Replays showed Woodbury should have been called for a foul — he clearly pushed off before grabbing the rebound. But the referees didn’t call it and now the Owls are going home.
Iowa plays 2nd-seeded Villanova, which beat UNC Asheville in the opening game, on Sunday.
It looked like Temple was headed home before overtime. The Owls trailed for most of the game, including a 12-point deficit in the first half. The lead was 10 in the second half, but Temple cut it down to three in the final minute. After Iowa’s Peter Jok missed a free throw, Quenton DeCosey got fouled on a three-pointer at the other end.
He hit two free throws, then Iowa called timeout to ice him. It didn’t matter. He hit the third free throw after the timeout to send the game into overtime. The junior had 26 points and 8 rebounds.
DeCosey did this despite being in foul trouble for most of the game. He picked up his third foul just two minutes into the second half. Temple coach Fran Dunphy took him out. Iowa promptly went on a 9-2 run to take a 10-point edge a little more than halfway through the second half. At one point, the Owls missed 11 of 12 shots from the floor. The Owls trailed by as many as 12 in the first half, but cut it to 1 at the break.
The Owls only allowed two offensive rebounds in the first half, but gave up 11 offensive rebounds in the second half and overtime. The last one was a killer.
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