Temple University was ready for a battle at the Liacourus Center Wednesday night.
What they got was a hard court war and an instant classic.
Last season, the Hoyas knocked off Temple 46-45 courtesy of a buzzer beater.
They had to the chance to do so again Wednesday but this time the Hoyas (8-1) fell short 68-65 to the Owls (6-2.)
With the win, Dunphy became the second Big 5 coach, behind his predecessor John Chaney, to win 400 games.
Luckily his Owls survived the game to notch the win for Dunph. The stands rocked and hearts thumped all night long as Junior Ramone Moore led the Owls with a career-high 30 points on 12-for-18 shooting.
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Moore had an unbelievable night for the Owls hitting two shots from behind the arch and slashing through baseline defenders to throw down a two-handed jam.
Junior and fellow Philadelphia recruit Scootie Randall added 10 points and three steals for the Owls.
The Hoyas had four players in double figures lead by Junior Jason Clark's 15 but they couldn't handle an unusual early offensive outburst by Temple who entered averaging 62 points per game.
Temple never trailed the Hoyas and led by as many as 11 before Georgetown pulled even down the stretch. But the Owls stayed in command by hitting 16-of-18 free throws -- success from the stripe isn’t something Temple has been accustomed to this season.
This is the third straight year the Owls have knocked off a Top-10 team at home, beating No. 8 Tennessee in 2008, No. 3 Villanova in 2009 and now the No. 10 Hoyas.
Temple has now won 4 of 5 against Georgetown as they continue to stack up on quality non-conference games including a win over Maryland.
Dunphy, who spent 17 seasons with the University of Pennsylvania, is the only coach to head two Big 5 teams taking over for Hall of Fame coach Chaney. In five seasons with the Owls, Dunphy is 89-51 with three-straight NCAA appearances, three-straight Atlantic-10 Tournament Championships and the A-10 Conference Championship in 2009-2010.