Add this to Fran Dunphy’s seemingly endless list of accomplishments: 400 career victories.
Junior guard Ramone Moore’s career-high 30 points gave Dunphy his 400th win in dramatic fashion as Temple upset No. 9 Georgetown, 68-65, Thursday night at the Liacouras Center.
But in true Dunphy fashion, the Owls’ coach downplayed the accomplishment. He was more impressed that Temple (6-2) beat Georgetown (8-1). Owls fans stormed the court at the finish.
“I don’t think it really matters much what the number is,” Dunphy said. “The fact is that these kids came together tonight and beat a really good basketball team, that’s what matters. . . . I’d really rather think about what these kids went through to get this victory.”
What the Owls went through was a suspenseful ending.
Georgetown pulled within a point at 66-65 on Julian Vaughn’ basket with 46.8 seconds left. The Hoyas had a chance to win the game after Temple’s Juan Fernandez missed a three-pointer.
But Georgetown’s Hollis Thompson, guarded tightly by Lavoy Allen, missed a layup with five seconds left. And after the Owls’ Rahlir Jefferson made a pair of foul shots, Hoyas guard Austin Freeman missed a desperation three-pointer at the buzzer.