No. 23 Temple outlasts UMass 90-88 in OT

DAN GELSTON AP Basketball Writer Published:

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Khalif Wyatt scored 26 points, including the winning layup in the final seconds of overtime, to help No. 23 Temple beat Massachusetts 90-88 on Wednesday night and clinch the top seed in next week's Atlantic 10 tournament.

The Owls (23-6, 12-3) also clinched a tie for the regular-season conference title, though they hold the tiebreaker over Saint Louis. Micheal Eric scored 19 points and Juan Fernandez had 18 for Temple.

The Owls blew a 10-point lead over the final 2½ minutes of regulation and saw UMass score the first six points of overtime.

Temple had enough thanks to a huge edge at the free throw line. The Owls made 30 of 40 attempts while UMass was 6 of 10.

But Temple started misfiring from the line in the final minutes of regulation and overtime.

Chaz Williams led the Minutemen (19-10, 8-7) with 26 points and 11 assists, while Terrell Vinson and Raphiael Putney both had 16 points.