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Temple wins title

Published 12:00 am Sunday, March 23, 2003

The Templeton family is looking for a good pair of scissors.

Not only did Tennessee Temple coach Kevin Templeton and his team get to cut down the nets at the Civic Center after winning the National Christian College Athletic Association Division I men’s basketball championship, but Templeton was afraid he might need the scissors for another reason.

“I’m going to have to cut that jersey off my son,” Templeton said, referring to tournament MVP, senior Josh Templeton. “I’ve been coaching him since the eighth grade.

“I’d be lying if I said this wasn’t sweeter because of my son,” Coach Templeton added. “He’s over there right now, crying inconsolably, and I don’t blame him.”

Tennessee Temple, the tournament’s top seed, knocked off Grace College 74-60 to earn the national championship.

It’s the Crusaders’ seventh national title, but the first under Templeton.

Josh Templeton led the way with 17 points and six assists. In the three wins, he averaged over 23 points.

But Coach Templeton was pleased with his entire team, which overcame a poor rebounding effort in the first half.

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