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Dunphy: 'We disappointed a lot of folks'

With well-wishers on hand to celebrate Temple's sixth consecutive NCAA tournament appearance, coach Fran Dunphy took the opportunity to apologize for the Owls' poor play in the Atlantic Ten tournament.

Dunphy: 'We disappointed a lot of folks'

Temple´s head coach Fran Dunphy calls plays against Richmond during the second half at The Liacouras Center in Philadelphia,  Wednesday, January 30, 2013. Temple wins 71-64. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)
Temple's head coach Fran Dunphy calls plays against Richmond during the second half at The Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Wednesday, January 30, 2013. Temple wins 71-64. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)

With well-wishers on hand to celebrate  Temple’s sixth consecutive NCAA tournament appearance, coach Fran Dunphy took the opportunity to apologize for the Owls’ poor play in the Atlantic Ten tournament.

Following a first-round bye, Temple suffered a 79-74 quarterfinal loss to Massachusetts for the second consecutive season. It was a game where A-10 player of the year Khalif Wyatt shot 4 of 19 from the field.

“We feel like we disappointed a lot of folks on Friday night,” Dunphy said Sunday to the crowd in the Fox-Gittis room of the Liacouras Center. “We didn’t do our job. So we had a little meeting before this. We weren’t going to come in before we knew we were in.”

Temple (23-9), which watched the NCAA selection in the film room of their practice facility, drew the No.9 seed in the East Regional.  It opens tourney play on 1:40 p.m. Friday against eighth-seeded North Carolina State (24-10) at the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio.

 “We still disappointed a lot of folks on Friday,” Dunphy said.  “We have to work our butt off to do a good job.

“There are so many people out there that are great, great Temple fans. We need to reward you with some really good play.”  

About this blog
Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He takes over the Sixers beat after covering the Temple men’s basketball team for the past three years and Temple football the past two seasons. Pompey also previously covered the Penn and Drexel men’s basketball team and Villanova football team after initially focusing on high school sports.

Pompey is a native Philadelphian and a University of Pittsburgh graduate. Follow him on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers or reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com.

Keith Pompey Inquirer Staff Writer
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