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                  === Temple shocks No. 3 Syracuse at MSG ===
 
 New  York,  NY (Sports  Network) -  Syracuse gave coach  Jim Boeheim his 900th
 victory on Monday. No. 901 will have to wait.
 
 Khalif Wyatt scored a career-high 33 points and Anthony Lee added 21 with nine
 rebounds,  as  Temple handed the  third-ranked Orange  their first loss of the
 season with an 83-79 decision at Madison Square Garden.
 
 The  Owls  (9-2) were coming  off a 72-62 home  loss to Canisius on Wednesday.
 They  made  just 4-of-28 shots from  three-point range in that setback, but on
 Saturday  connected on  8-of-24 from distance and sank 29-of-36 free throws to
 beat a top-10 team for the fifth straight year.
 
 "In order for  us to win  the game,  everybody's got  to do  their job,"  said
 Temple coach Fran Dunphy.  "Our guys  did a  good job  of passing the ball and
 coming to the ball."
 
 C.J.  Fair scored 25 for Syracuse (10-1), which gave Boeheim his milestone win
 on  Monday  in a  72-68 victory over  Detroit at the  Carrier Dome. The Orange
 nearly  blew a 20-point lead in the second half five days ago, and on Saturday
 couldn't recover from their first second-half deficit of the season.
 
 Syracuse,  which had won 52 straight non-conference regular-season games, held
 a  40-38  lead at the half,  but Temple opened  the second 20 minutes with the
 first  six points  as part of a 13-2  run. Wyatt drained a trio of free throws
 for  a  51-42 lead before the  Orange picked up  their first field goal of the
 second half on a driving layup by Michael Carter-Williams with 15:16 left.
 
 Carter-Williams  was fouled  on the play and hit the ensuing free throw before
 the  Orange forced a turnover with pressure on the inbounds and cashed in with
 a bucket from Brandon Triche. The continuing press fueled an 11-2 Syracuse run
 that Fair finished with a layup, tying it at 53-53.
 
 Temple  didn't  wilt  and  threes  by  Scootie  Randall  and  Quenton  DeCosey
 sandwiched around a bucket by Carter-Williams gave the Owls a 65-61 advantage.
 Another trey by Randall with 7:49 left made it 70-62.
 
 Syracuse  followed with  a 10-4 run, capped  by a 3-pointer from Fair, to make
 it a two-point game with three minutes left. Randall missed a 3-pointer on the
 ensuing  Temple possession  and Fair  pulled down  the defensive  rebound, but
 stepped out of bounds as he tried to drive.
 
 Carter-Williams  had a chance  to tie it on Syracuse's next trip, but hit only
 one  from  the line,  where the  sophomore and  the rest  of his teammates had
 troubles all day long.
 
 Temple, for the most part, did not.
 
 Wyatt  hit two  from the  stripe and  Syracuse was  called for  a questionable
 offensive  foul  with 48 seconds left,  leading to another pair of free throws
 from Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson for a five-point margin.
 
 As  Syracuse managed to keep it close with a pair of layups, Wyatt calmly made
 four free throws to keep it a five-point game. A dunk by Triche again kept the
 Orange  within three and  DeCosey -- who had missed two free throws earlier --
 managed  to make  the second  of  his two  from  the stripe  with 8.7  seconds
 remaining to seal it for the Owls.
 
 Temple  made  9-of-12 from  the line in  the final minute  and 20-of-26 in the
 second half. Wyatt didn't miss any of his 15 attempts throughout the contest.
 
 The  Orange managed  only a 19-of-34 effort at the stripe, including a 7-of-15
 performance from Carter-Williams, who finished with 13 points and six assists.
 
 "You don't like to say the game comes down to that,  but when you miss 15 free
 throws, it's going to be tough to win any game," said Boeheim.
 
 Syracuse  opened a 24-14  lead with just under 10 minutes to play in the first
 half,  but  Temple responded with a  12-3 run. A  layup by Lee pulled the Owls
 within 27-26 and they had a chance to grab the lead on the ensuing possession,
 but Fair blocked a shot.
 
 Fair  and Wyatt  then dominated for their respective teams over the final five
 minutes.  Fair scored six  Syracuse points around a three by Wyatt to give the
 Orange a 33-29 advantage.
 
 A  pair of free throws  by Lee with 1:59 left in the half tied it for the Owls
 at  35-35,  but Fair hit  two from the  line and added  a short jumper after a
 Carter-Williams  free throw to extend the Syracuse edge to five before a Wyatt
 three in the final minute sent the Owls to the break down just 40-38.
 
 Wyatt scored 20 points in the first half.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Triche  finished with 17 points for Syracuse, which shot 44.6 percent from the
 field  and made only 2-of-12 three-point tries ... Syracuse sharpshooter James
 Southerland,  who tied  a school  record with  nine 3-pointers  in a  win over
 Arkansas  last month, missed both of his long-range attempts and finished with
 six points and nine rebounds ... Randall had only six points for Temple, which
 shot  just  39 percent  from the  field ... Syracuse  still leads the all-time
 series,  16-14,  but Temple has won  the last two meetings. The schools hadn't
 faced  each other  since an Owls victory  on March 28, 2002 in the consolation
 game of the NIT -- also at Madison Square Garden.
 
 12/22 15:15:38 ET

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