(NEW YORK) — Khalif Wyatt and Anthony Lee combined for 54 points to lead Temple to a stunning upset of No.3 Syracuse Saturday afternoon in the first-ever Chevrolet Gotham Classic held at Madison Square Garden.
“I always wanted to play here because all the great players had a chance to play here,” Wyatt said, referring to him playing at the Garden for the first time. “This was a chance for us to show everyone that Temple is a real program.”
The Owls (9-2) were coming off a home loss to Canisius but came out with confidence to deal Syracuse (10-1) its first loss of the season.
The Orange took a two-point lead into halftime but could not get anything going in the second half, allowing the Owls to go on a late run to take the lead for good.
C.J. Fair paced Syracuse with 25 points while guard Brandon Triche added 17.
This is the fifth-straight season in which Temple has beaten a top-10 opponent while being unranked.
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