December 14, 1998
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Mark Karcher had 25 points as Temple avoided its first
five-game losing streak in 16 years with a 75-66 victory over Florida State on
The Owls (5-4), who dropped out of the top 25 with four straight losses,
haven’t lost five in a row since the 1982-83 season, coach John Chaney’s first
The Seminoles (3-3) hit 11 3-pointers and twice pulled within four points in
the final minute despite committing 21 turnovers. Adrian Crawford, who had a
career-high 25 points, hit a 3-pointer and was fouled by Pepe Sanchez,
converting a four-point play that cut it to 69-65 with 61 seconds to play.
Delvon Arrington’s 3-pointer from the top of the circle cut it to 69-65 with
41.6 seconds left.
Crawford hit 7-of-10 3-point attempts, but missed an open 3 with about 30
seconds remaining that could have cut it to 71-68. Temple hit 6 of 8 foul shots
down the stretch to seal the victory.
Rasheed Brokenborough had 15 points for Temple, but 6-foot-10 forward Lamont
Barnes was held below 10 points for the fifth time this season. Barnes had
eight points, and he got his lone rebound with 49 seconds left. He sulked and
motioned in disgust toward the Temple bench when he didn’t get the ball as the
Seminoles pressed in the closing seconds.
The Seminoles were playing without 7-foot-2 center Karim Shabazz, who quit
the team to be with his ailing mother.
Temple was coming off a 63-56 loss to Wisconsin after dropping three
straight by a total of five points to Penn, Penn State and Indiana.
The Owls were 14-15 in Chaney’s first season. Their five-game losing streak
included losses to St. Joseph’s, Penn State, Rutgers, St. Bonaventure and