Juan Fernandez Saves Temple (and Fran Dunphy)Posted by nvr1983 on March 17th, 2011
In one of the most intriguing games of the first round of the NCAA Tournament and the only one pairing teams from the same state it appeared as if a defensive lapse might lead Fran Dunphy to his 12th consecutive loss in the NCAA Tournament as a head coach. Instead, the Owls star point guard Juan Fernandez came to the rescue after the Owls inexplicably left Talor Battle open for a 3-pointer to tie the game in the closing second. To be fair the Owls Battle appeared to hit the shot from about 30 feet. With about five seconds left in the game Fernandez began to make his move and after appearing to get stuck he hit a leaner with 0.4 seconds left to give the Owls a 66-64 win on a shot that was reminiscent of the shot Douglas Davis hit to get Princeton into the NCAA Tournament in their Ivy League playoff victory over Harvard.