Nov. 29, 1999
By BRENT KALLESTAD
Associated Press Writer
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Temple coach John Chaney was glad his defense
forced Florida State outside Monday night, but he wasn’t so happy about a
school-record 13 blocked shots.
Lynn Greer scored 20 points and Temple’s inside defense smothered Florida
State as the 10th-ranked Owls defeated the cold-shooting Seminoles 69-58 Monday
Temple (2-1) led 28-26 at the half and used an 8-0 run to start the second
half to take command of the game as Florida State was never able to get closer
than eight points in the second half.
“It was done in a slow way and it was done basically with defense,” Chaney
said. “Most of their shots came from the outside. The defense helped us out
until we got a little spurt.”
Sophomore Kevin Lyde recorded eight of Temple’s school-record 13 blocked
shots as the Owls forced Florida State away from the basket and limited the
Seminoles to just 29.9 percent shooting.
But Chaney wasn’t happy about so many blocked shots.
“It’s not a stat I’m pretty proud of,” he said. “When you block a shot
it’s like being in an emergency ward. That’s the last stop.”
The 6-foot-9 Lyde and 6-10 Lamont Barnes, who blocked four shots, kept
Florida State shooting from the outside.
Ron Hale led Florida State (2-2) with 21 points and Damous Anderson added
13, but both suffered subpar shooting performances. Hale hit on 7-of-22
attempts while Anderson made 5-of-16 shots and starting point guard Delvon
Arrington was just 2-for-10.
“You don’t get too many breakaways on us,” Chaney said.
Hale scored eight of his points in the first six minutes as Florida State
took an early 14-6 lead and the Seminoles were still up 26-23 with two minutes
left in the half.
Hale credited Temple’s defense with slowing him down after the fast start.
“They were finding me quicker,” he said.
Florida State coach Steve Robinson looked for a silver lining in his team’s
“I feel like we’re on the right road, but we must keep traveling,” he
said. “I don’t think we can be a great team right now, but we can be a good
Greer, a 6-1 junior handling the point guard duties for injured starter Pepe
Sanchez, hit 8 of 12 shots, including four 3-pointers. Sanchez, who remained
sidelined with a sprained ankle suffered in the season opener, Nov. 21.
Quincy Wadley and Barnes each added 13 points for Temple, which shot just
38.5 percent from the field. Mark Karcher, who averaged 15 points in Temple’s
first two games, was just 3-for-17 from the floor, but grabbed 11 rebounds and
had 4 steals.