Fernandez Sends Temple Past Penn State

Guard's last-second shot leads Temple to 66-64 win over instate rival

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    TUCSON, AZ - MARCH 17: Juan Fernandez #4 celebrates with Lavoy Allen #24 of the Temple Owls after scoring the winning basket to defeat the Penn State Nittany Lions 66 to 64 in the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at McKale Center on March 17, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Juan Fernandez;Lavoy Allen

    The Owls success against the Nittany Lions continued Thursday afternoon.

    Juan Fernandez sank an off-balance 18-footer with under a second to play to give Temple a wild 66-64 victory over Penn State and end coach Fran Dunphy's NCAA tournament record 11-game losing streak.

    It also ended Temple's 10-year tourney win drought. The win was the Owls first since a decade ago when they beat none other than Penn State.

    Fans Split as Temple Beats Penn State

    Fans Split as Temple Beats Penn State
    Fans watch as Temple beats Penn State in their NCAA tourney opener.

    Fernandez, double-teamed as time was running out, got off a shot off his right foot while fading to his left just inside the 3-point line.

    This was a classic March matchup. Neither team had led by more than four points and there were 10 lead changes in an intense second half. Talor Battle's 3-pointer from far behind the arc for Penn State tied it at 64-64 with 12.2 seconds to go.

    Fernandez and Ramone Moore scored 23 points each for the seventh-seeded Owls (26-7). Battle scored 23 for the 10th-seeded Nittany Lions (19-15) in their first NCAA tournament appearance in a decade.

    Temple will face No. 2 San Diego State on Saturday.


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