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Damian Dunn’s late FTs help Temple upset No. 16 Villanova

Nov 7, 2022; Villanova, Pennsylvania, USA; Villanova Wildcats head coach Kyle Neptune speaks to his players from the sidelines during the second half against the La Salle Explorers at William B. Finneran Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Damian Dunn hit two free throws with 1.1 seconds remaining to lift host Temple to a 68-64 upset victory over No. 16 Villanova on Friday in Philadelphia.

Dunn scored 22 points, including the last six for the Owls (1-1), while Khalif Battle added 21 and Jamille Reynolds produced his first career double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Temple’s last win over Villanova came on Dec. 5, 2012.

Villanova (1-1) continued to play without Justin Moore (Achilles) and Cam Whitmore (thumb).

Following the decisive free throws, Chris Arcidiacono (10 rebounds) threw an inbounds pass beyond halfcourt and it was intercepted. After Temple’s fans stormed the court, the referees soon cleared everyone to play the final 0.2 seconds.

Caleb Daniels scored 19 points, Eric Dixon added 18 and Jordan Longino had 11 for the Wildcats.

Temple jumped out to an early 13-5 lead thanks to eight points from Reynolds and led 34-29 at halftime.

Villanova shot just 1-of-5 overall from 3-point territory in the first half (and 2 of 7 for the game).

The Owls went ahead 43-35 with about 14 minutes remaining in the second half when Dunn hit a 15-foot jumper. Brandon Slater then drove to the basket and threw down a one-handed dunk on Villanova’s next possession.

The Wildcats scored the next eight points, including a three-point play by Dixon, and took a 47-45 lead — their first of the game — with 10:41 left.

Battle followed with a three-point play and Temple went back ahead 48-47 with 9:47 remaining.

Daniels converted a three-point play of his own with 6:08 to go, giving Villanova a 55-54 advantage.

Zach Hicks hit two free throws with 1:53 left as Temple took a 60-59 lead. Daniels then hit a tough shot in the lane with 1:35 remaining, but Dunn responded with a jumper and Temple led 62-61 with 1:19 to go.

Longino followed with a 3-pointer for a 64-62 advantage with 58.6 seconds left.

Temple tied the game at 64 when Dunn hit a pair of free throws with 45.6 seconds remaining, setting up the exciting finish.

–Field Level Media