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Hokies Oust Owls, Spoiling Chaney's Return

Associated Press
Wednesday, March 16, 2005; Page D08

Virginia Tech spoiled John Chaney's return to the Temple bench last night, using an 8-0 run in the second half to pull away and beat the visiting Owls, 60-50, in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament.

Zabian Dowdell scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half for Virginia Tech, including the last six in the eight-point outburst. The Owls were within 40-37 when the run started, but never got closer than five again.


Oral Roberts at Maryland

Records: Golden Eagles 25-7, Terrapins 16-12.

Where: Comcast Center.

When: 9 p.m.


Radio: WMAL-630, WBAL-1090.

Tickets: Available for $25, which includes a parking fee.

Data: Neither Maryland forward James Gist (knee) nor point guard John Gilchrist (ankle) had practiced much recently. Gilchrist remains questionable with an injury that kept him sidelined for all but one minute in the second half against Clemson on Thursday. Gist is doubtful. The Golden Eagles' 25 victories are the most by any NIT team. They won a school-record 14 games on the road, which ranks second in the country. They've lost four games by a total of five points, including two buzzer-beaters. They have three 1,000-point scorers, including two players, guard Ken Tutt and forward Caleb Green, who average at least 17 points.

-- Eric Prisbell

Boston U. at Georgetown

Records: Terriers 20-8, Hoyas 17-12.

Where: MCI Center.

When: 7:30 p.m.

Radio: WTEM-980.

Tickets: $15 and $20. Student tickets are $10.

Data: The Terriers, like the Hoyas, faltered at the end of the year with three losses in their final five games, but they had three impressive performances earlier: a 63-52 win at Michigan, an 80-74 loss at Boston College and a 61-55 victory over Vermont. BU led Division I in field goal percentage defense, holding its opponents to 36.8 percent shooting. The Hoyas are coming off perhaps their best performance of the season; they shot 48 percent and committed only 11 turnovers in a 66-62 loss to Connecticut in the Big East quarterfinals. Any disappointment over not making the NCAA tournament has been replaced with excitement about playing in the postseason. "We want to win this tournament," said forward Brandon Bowman, who was a freshman when Georgetown advanced to the NIT final in 2003. "It's a chance to turn some more heads and get ready for next year."

-- Camille Powell

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Chaney was coaching his first game since serving a three-week suspension for sending Nehemiah Ingram in to commit hard fouls that left Saint Joseph's senior John Bryant with a broken arm in a regular season game.

Chaney was booed when he entered the court, and Ingram drew jeers when he made two free throws. There was security behind the Owls' bench, but Chaney remained calm throughout, mostly just sitting on the bench.

The 73-year-old Hall of Fame coach was looking for his 500th victory at Temple. The Hokies (16-13) were making their first postseason appearance in nine years and their first in the NIT in a decade. Virginia Tech won the NIT in 1973 and '95 and seemed determined to make another run to New York.

The victory was Virginia Tech's first against Temple in 10 tries. It was the fourth straight year Temple (16-14) has played in the NIT.

Carlos Dixon, the Hokies' lone senior, added 15 points and nine rebounds, and Coleman Collins had 11 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.

HOLY CROSS 78, NOTRE DAME 73: Kevin Hamilton scored a career-high 26 points, 11 during a 23-5 run, leading the Crusaders (25-6) on the road.

The Fighting Irish, who trailed by 13 early in the second half, used a 9-2 run to close to 60-59 after a pair of three-pointers by Chris Thomas and a basket by Rick Cornett with 4 minutes 20 seconds left. The Crusaders answered with five straight points and maintained the lead down the stretch.

SOUTH CAROLINA 69, MIAMI 67: Josh Gonner's driving basket with 2.1 seconds left lifted the host Gamecocks (16-13) .

DEPAUL 75, MISSOURI 70: Drake Diener scored a career-high 30 points and tied his career best with seven three-pointers for the Blue Demons (20-10) on the road.

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