Stanley Burrell keyed the Xavier rally Wednesday. He finished with 25 points. (File Photo)
Jan. 25, 2006
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Antywane Robinson hit the winning baseline jumper with 1.1 seconds left to help Temple survive a monumental collapse and beat Xavier 81-79 on Wednesday night.
Mardy Collins scored a season-high 28 points, Robinson had 17 and Mark Tyndale 15 for the Owls (10-7, 3-4 Atlantic 10), who won for the fourth time in five games and sixth time in seven home games.
Xavier (12-4, 3-2) hit one 3-pointer after another as it rallied back from a 16-point deficit with 7:25 left.
Stanley Burrell started the comeback when he hit three 3-pointers and a jumper in only 5 minutes that sliced the deficit to eight points.
Josh Duncan then hit a 3-pointer that made it 79-73 with 56 seconds left. Then Burrell hit another 3 after Collins lost the ball on an inbounds play that cut it to 79-76.
Burrell tied it 79-79 with 20.4 seconds left, silencing the home crowd. Three of Temple's five turnovers came in the closing minutes as the Owls could not handle the fullcourt press.
Robinson, though, saved the game for the Owls when he hit a jumper from the right side to clinch Temple's most dramatic win of the season.
Burrell led Xavier with 25 points, Justin Doellman had 16 and Duncan 15. After winning seven straight games, the Musketeers are on a two-game losing streak. Burrell finished with six of Xavier's 14 3-pointers.
Collins finished two points shy of matching his career high and helped Temple rebound from its worst offensive showing in more than three decades.
Temple's 35 points at halftime were one more than they scored in Saturday's loss at Massachusetts. In that one, the Owls had their lowest point total since 1973 and no one scored in double figures.
Collins had 12 at the break and the Owls committed no turnovers to lead 35-28.