By halftime, No. 11 Temple was so far ahead of Rutgers that it looked like the game was over. Too bad Temple began to believe it.
Rutgers put a scare into the Owls, scoring the first 13 points of the second half before Temple wound up with a 78-56 victory Sunday."Rutgers was just tearing us up. We were just standing there serving hot dogs and hamburgers," Temple coach John Chaney said. "I don't know what we were doing out there but it wasn't playing basketball. I can't ask them because they can't tell me either."
Temple (11-2, 4-1 Atlantic-10) led 46-28 at halftime. Rutgers' run closed the deficit to five points.
"At halftime, Coach told us to be ready for the press and we weren't ready for it," Aaron McKie said. "We just came out lazy. We were a little complacent because we were up 18 points. They made the run and it was a wakeup call for us."
McKie scored 31 points as visiting Temple won its fifth in a row. His 3-point shot stopped the Scarlet Knights' burst and began an 11-2 run for the Owls. Rutgers (5-9, 1-4) lost for the seventh time in nine games.
In other games Sunday, No. 15 Michigan defeated Illinois 74-70, No. 17 Georgia Tech beat Virginia 74-70 and Memphis State topped No. 19 Cincinnati 62-55.
On Saturday, No. 1 Kansas beat Iowa State 78-61, No. 2 UCLA defeated Arizona State 98-81, No. 3 Arkansas downed South Carolina 79-53, No. 4 North Carolina stopped LSU 88-65, No. 5 Duke defeated Florida State 106-79, No. 6 Massachusetts got past George Washington 56-55, No. 7 Kentucky topped Mississippi State 86-70, No. 8 Indiana held off Northwestern 81-76, No. 9 Arizona beat Southern Cal 83-74 and No. 12 Purdue routed Ohio State 101-63.
Also, No. 13 Louisville edged Southern Mississippi 70-69, No. 16 Syracuse stopped Seton Hall 78-74, No. 18 Alabama-Birmingham beat Rhode Island 71-63, No. 20 Minnesota defeated Michigan State 68-66, Evansville surprised No. 22 Xavier, Ohio, 91-61, Marquette upended No. 23 St. Louis 62-52, No. 24 West Virginia defeated St. Joseph's 97-83 and No. 25 Maryland beat North Carolina State 102-70.
No. 15 Michigan 74, Illinois 70
Jalen Rose scored 28 points and Juwan Howard, recovered from the chicken pox, had 20 as Michigan won on the road. Rose's two foul shots put the Wolverines (12-4, 4-2 Big Ten) ahead for good at 70-68. T.J. Wheeler had 23 points for the Illini (10-4, 3-2).
No. 17 Georgia Tech 74, Virginia 70
Travis Best and James Forrest each scored 20 points and Georgia Tech won at home. A basket by Forrest capped a 10-0 burst that put the Yellow Jackets (11-5, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) ahead 63-52. Junior Burrough had 18 points for Virginia (10-6, 4-2).
Memphis St. 62, No. 19 Cincinnati 55
Memphis State scored 21 straight points midway through the first half and went on to end its eight-game losing streak. Cedric Henderson and Deuce Ford each scored 16 points for the host Tigers (6-9, 1-4 Great Midwest Conference). Cincinnati (12-5, 1-2) got no closer than four points in the second half.