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Injury overshadows Owls loss
By wire services
Published March 15, 2006
PHILADELPHIA - John Chaney missed a scary ending to his Hall of Fame career.
The coach skipped Temple's 80-73 overtime loss to Akron in the opening round of the National Invitation Tournament on Tuesday night because of his wife's health issues, and he missed star guard Mardy Collins leaving the game on a stretcher with an apparent neck injury.
Chaney retired Monday after 24 seasons at Temple, ending a 34-year coaching career that reached 741 wins but never the Final Four. Chaney was not on the bench because his wife had a procedure for an undisclosed health problem. Assistant Dan Leibovitz took his place.
"The emotion of this week has been overwhelming," Leibovitz said. "It's like losing someone in your family."
Chaney also missed quite a serious scare with about 30 seconds left in the game for one of his favorite players. Collins, a projected NBA first-round pick, crashed hard on a driving layup attempt and lay face down for several minutes.
With his pregnant fiancee looking on from behind the basket, Collins was turned over and tended to by Temple's medical staff for about 20 minutes before he was fitted for a neck brace and left on a stretcher. He was taken to Temple University Hospital, where he was listed in fair condition and will stay overnight.
It overshadowed quite a win for the Zips (23-9), who played in their first postseason tournament since 1988-89.
Collins' jumper with 35 seconds left in regulation put the Owls ahead 66-64. But Dru Joyce's layup tied it with nine seconds left.
MANHATTAN 80, FDU 77: Jason Wingate scored six in the final 1:40 to lead the host Jaspers (19-10). The Knights' Chad Timberlake fell short with a desperation 3-pointer with three seconds left.
BUTLER 53, MIAMI (OHIO) 52: Brandon Polk's rebound basket with two seconds to go lifted the host Bulldogs (20-12), who play a first-round game Friday at Florida State.
RUTGERS 76, PENN ST. 71: Quincy Douby scored 32 and hit eight 3-pointers, several from NBA range, and the visiting Scarlet Knights (19-13) turned back a second-half rally.
UTEP 85, LIPSCOMB 66: Jason Williams had 17 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his first career triple double, and the host Miners (21-9) hit a season-high 14 3-pointers and never trailed.
CHARLOTTE 77, GA. SOUTHERN 61: Curtis Withers had 20 points and 16 rebounds to lead the host 49ers (19-12), who overcame 22 turnovers.
STANFORD 65, UVA 49: Chris Hernandez scored 14 and made 4 of 7 3-pointers for the host Cardinal (15-13).
DELAWARE ST. 58, N. ARIZ. 53: Jahsha Bluntt scored 23 for the visiting GHornets (20-13).