Virginia's Jeff Lamp and Temple's Rick Reed put on an incredible two-man offensive show in the second half tonight, but Reed came up one shot short and the Cavaliers held on to beat the Owls, 73-71, at University Hall.
Lamp delivered 22 of his 32 points after intermission and Reed 22 of his 26 in the same 20 minutes. A 25-footer by Reed with one second left bounced off the rim, however, and his team fell to only its third defeat in 18 games.
Reed, resembling Lloyd Free, scored 14 of Temple's last 16 points. Lamp countered with 10 of Virginia's final 14.
Temple did not lead in the game until Reed drilled a 22-footer with 9:20 remaining to put the Owls ahead, 59-57.
Lamp missed a jumper for Virginia and Neal Robinson scored on a fast break to put Temple ahead, 61-57. Temple went scoreless the next four minutes, though, and Virginia moved to a 64-61 advantage with 4:39 to play.
Reed swished a 24-footer and a 25-footer around a Lamp basket to pull Temple back within one point, then Reed scored on a fast break to put Temple ahead, 67-66, with 2:40 left.
Lamp regained the lead for Virginia 10 seconds later on a driving layup and then stole the ball from Reed off his dribble and drove three-quarters of the floor for a layup and a 70-67 Virginia lead.
Mike Owens made two free throws with 1:54 left to increase the lead to 72-67.
Reed, with another of his radar 25-footers, cut the margin to 72-69.
Then, after a Bobby Stokes free throw, Reed zinged in a turnaround jumper from the corner to make the score 73-71 with 38 seconds left.
Neither team scored again but plenty happened.
Jeff Jones missed the front end of a one-plus for Virginia with 33 seconds left. Reed missed a jumper with 14 seconds left. He tried up diminutive Stokes in the back court, however, and Temple won the jump ball.
With six seconds left, Walt Montford was tied up by Owens as he drove to the basket.
Temple won that jump ball, too, but Reed was errant with his final shot and Virginia had snapped its two-game losing streak and improved its record to 12-6.
Temple had no timeouts left and Reed was not aware of the time when Montford tapped the jump ball to him. He held the ball four seconds, then hurriedly let fly.
"Reed was just throwing them up," Virginia Coach Terry Holland said. "He was unstoppable."
"I thought I was all over him, but he just kept putting them up and they kept going in," Jones said.
Lee Raker missed his second straight game with an abdominal muscle injury, so once again, Lamp was virtually his team's one weapon on offense. No other Cavalier scored in double figures and no other Cavalier played the entire 40 minutes.