Albany’s Battle scores 23, but Penn State falls in NCAA Tourney

Talor Battle of Albany scored 23 points, but it wasn't enough as Penn State fell to Temple in an NCA

TUCSON — Juan Fernandez sank an off-balance 18-footer with under a second to play Thursday to give Temple a wild 66-64 victory over Penn State and end coach Fran Dunphy’s NCAA tournament record 11-game losing streak.

Fernandez, double-teamed as time was running out, got off a shot off his right foot while fading to his left just inside the 3-point line.

Neither team had led by more than four points and there were 10 lead changes in an intense second half. Talor Battle’s 3-pointer from far behind the arc for Penn State tied it at 64-64 with 12.2 seconds to go. Battle is a former standout at Albany’s Bishop Maginn High School.

Fernandez and Ramone Moore scored 23 points each for the seventh-seeded Owls (26-7). Battle scored 23 for the 10th-seeded Nittany Lions (19-15) in their first NCAA tournament appearance in a decade.

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