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Temple loses on Georgetown's late layup

WASHINGTON - Temple basketball coach Fran Dunphy and his Georgetown counterpart, John Thompson III, had experienced their share of battles in their previous jobs guiding rival Ivy League teams.

WASHINGTON - Temple basketball coach Fran Dunphy and his Georgetown counterpart, John Thompson III, had experienced their share of battles in their previous jobs guiding rival Ivy League teams.

Yesterday at the Verizon Center, they added another encounter to their personal lists.

Thompson, who left Princeton to take over the Hoyas, saw 6-foot-11 forward Greg Monroe pivot to the basket for a layup with seven seconds left in the game, and No. 19 Georgetown came out on top, 46-45.

An enthusiastic Georgetown crowd of 8,712 was on hand as the home team improved to 2-0.

"Walking off the court, one of their assistants, Matt Langel, said this is just like Penn-Princeton," Thompson said with a smile. "Yeah, it was. It definitely was."

Langel played at Penn under Dunphy, whose Temple squad fell to 1-1. The nonleague contest was part of ESPN's 24-hour marathon of college basketball games.

Temple received 12 points and 14 rebounds from 6-9 forward Lavoy Allen, who tried to stop the lefthanded Monroe on the last basket.

"I was playing him to his left hand, and he doesn't spin move too much," Allen said. "He went to his right."

Guard Ryan Brooks, whom the Owls need to score, wound up with six points on 2-for-14 shooting. Guard Chris Wright led Georgetown with 15 points.

Temple's field-goal percentage for the game was 32.1, and Georgetown was only a little better at 35.7. The Owls made only 3 of 23 three-point shots.

"I would attribute it to [being] early in the season," Dunphy said of the cold shooting. "The defenses on both sides were very good."

After Monroe's decisive basket, Owls guard Luis Guzman raced downcourt with the basketball, but he ran into a crowd of defenders near the basket and was tied up. The possession arrow was pointing Georgetown's way with two seconds showing on the clock.

"[Dunphy] told me to push the ball down and look for an opening to the basket," Guzman said. "I looked to my right, and they were overplaying Ryan, so I thought I had a chance to go to the basket. A guy was there before me."

The Owls had gained their first lead of the contest at 32-31 with 12 minutes, 13 seconds remaining on a layup by guard Ramone Moore that was goaltended by the Hoyas' Henry Sims.

A Brooks three-point jumper gave the Owls a 39-33 lead with 6:55 to go, but Georgetown came back to forge a tie at 39-39. A three-point play by Monroe gave the Hoyas a 42-39 edge, but Temple reserve forward Craig Williams made the score 42-42 with a three-point jumper.

An Allen layup gave his team a 44-42 edge, and Georgetown trailed, 45-44, after a pair of free throws by Wright with 2:07 left.

"I thought we had an opportunity to win this game," Dunphy said. "We just didn't close it out. This was a fantastic opportunity for us against a very good basketball team."

Yesterday marked the first time in 68 games that Temple lost a game in which it held the opponent under 50 points. The previous loss was to Oklahoma State on Dec. 30, 1995.

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