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Owens’ 3 in OT Lifts No. 25 Temple

December 20, 2005

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Jennifer Owens hit a 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds left in overtime to lead No. 25 Temple to a 69-66 victory over No. 15 Georgia on Monday night.

Candice Dupree led Temple (7-2) with 17 points and nine rebounds. Lady Comfort added 13 points and Kamesha Hairston and Owens had 12 each.

Tasha Humphrey had a game-high 28 points and 16 rebounds for Georgia (7-3). Sherill Baker was the only other double-figure scorer with 17 points, as the Lady Bulldogs had a five-game winning streak snapped.

The game was tied at 66 in the final seconds and appeared headed for a second overtime as Temple seemed unsure of what play to run.

However, Hairston passed to Owens, who connected from beyond the arc despite Georgia’s Cori Chambers tightly defending her. Owens was fouled on the play by Chambers and failed to convert the free throw, but Georgia’s desperation heave following the miss went out of bounds securing the victory for the Owls.

Owens had nine of her 12 points in overtime and hit two 3-point shots to start the extra session, giving Temple a 64-60 advantage.

Humphrey gave Georgia its last lead, 66-65, on a layup and free throw with 1:31 left.

Temple led for much of the game in the first-ever meeting between the two schools and snapped a two-game losing streak.

Comfort forced overtime when she sank two free throws with 2.7 seconds left to tie the score at 58-58.

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