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Virginia Tech Drops Atlantic 10 Tournament Tilt

Men's basketball falls to Temple.


March 4, 1999

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By GENARO C. ARMAS
Associated Press Writer

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Mark Karcher hit a career-high six 3-pointers and Pepe Sanchez keyed Temple's defense with eight steals as Temple advanced to the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament semifinals with a 64-51 win Thursday over Virginia Tech.

Lamont Barnes added 14 points and 13 rebounds, 11 on the offensive end, for the Owls (20-9), who never trailed after building a 19-point halftime lead.

Temple, the top seed in the A-10 East, advances to play the winner of the Massachusetts-Xavier quarterfinal game.

Eddie Lucas led Tech (13-15) with 17 points.

The Owls built a 42-23 halftime lead behind Karcher's perimeter shooting, capping the half with a 3-pointer from the right corner as time expired. Karcher did not hit another field goal in the game.

Virginia Tech cut the lead to 54-44 after Brendan Dunlop opened the second half with two straight 3-pointers and hit a layup in traffic with 3:40 left.

But the Hokies were never able to cut the deficit past 10 points as Temple went inside to Barnes, who had 13 points after halftime.

While Karcher and Barnes led Temple in scoring, it was the all-around play of Sanchez that made the Owls click.

Sanchez had only two points on 1-of-8 shooting, but his eight steals, an A-10 tournament record, keyed a Temple zone that forced 20 Tech turnovers.

Sanchez also added five rebounds and five assists and no turnovers in the game's first 20 minutes.

Dunlop finished with 11 points for the Hokies.

Tech trailed 12-9 early, with all their points coming on 3-point baskets. The Owls went on to outscore the Hokies 30-13 the rest of the half behind Karcher's perimeter shooting and the inside play of center Kevin Lyde, who finished with 15 points.







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