Men's Basketball Defeats No. 24 Temple, 83-66
Feb. 28, 1998
BALTIMORE (AP) - Rodney Elliott, playing the final regular-season game of his career in his hometown, scored 20 points and grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds Saturday, leading Maryland over No. 24 Temple 83-66.
Laron Profit scored 21 points for Maryland (18-9), surpassing 1,000 for his career. Sarunas Jasikevicius scored 17 points, making a career-high five 3-pointers for the Terrapins, who beat Temple's matchup zone by making a season-high nine 3-pointers.
Lamont Barnes scored 22 points for Temple (19-7), which had won seven straight. Freshman Lynn Greer scored a career-high 20 points for the Owls, who never led.
It was the second-most points allowed this season by Temple, which had been giving up an average of 58. A dunk by Maryland freshman Terence Morris off a behind-the-back pass from walk-on Matt Hahn made it the most decisive loss of the season for the Owls.
Jasikevicius's fifth 3-pointer started a 12-4 run in the opening five minutes of the second half, putting Maryland ahead 52-39. Temple never got closer than eight points the rest of the way.
Temple, which fell to 30-32 against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents, plays Massachusetts on Sunday the Atlantic 10 East Division championship.
Freshman 7-footer Mike Mardesich had nine points and a career-high 10 rebounds for Maryland, which opens ACC tournament play Friday.
Jasikevicius scored 12 points - all on 3-pointers - as Maryland took a 40-35 halftime lead. Profit had three 3-pointers in scoring 11 points for the Terrapins, who made 8 of 17 from beyond the arc in the first half.
Lynn Greer scored all 10 of his first half points as Temple outscored
Maryland 22-10 to forge a 28-all tie with 3:21 remaining in the first half. It
was tied again at 35 before Maryland scored five unanswered points in the final