PHILADELPHIA – Dustin Salisbery hit four 3-pointers and scored 20 points, and Antywane Robinson had 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead Temple to its first win over a ranked team in three years, 68-58 over No. 22 Alabama on Saturday night.

With the 3s falling and the sizable crowd rocking, the win was reminiscent of the old days when coach John Chaney was routinely leading the Owls (5-2) deep into the NCAA tournament instead of settling for the NIT.

Chaney loves scheduling the toughest teams around to prepare his team for the postseason, but a steady string of losses against the elite has kept the Owls out of the NCAA tourney for the last four years.

Mardy Collins scored 15 points, Mark Tyndale had seven assists and the Owls committed only three turnovers in their first win over a ranked team since beating No. 10 Indiana on Dec. 28, 2002.

Jean Felix scored 19 points and Jermareo Davidson grabbed 10 rebounds for Alabama (4-3). The Crimson Tide lost to an unranked team for the second time this week, following a 78-71 loss to Notre Dame on Wednesday.

The Owls relied almost exclusively on the 3-pointer in the first half, even though they were shooting only 35 percent from 3-point range coming into the game.

Salisbery sandwiched two of his 3s around only the second one from Tyndale this year for a 13-7 lead and the Owls started to take off. Alabama hung around for a while because of its own 3-point accuracy – at one point the teams traded 3s on four straight possessions, energizing the crowd – until the Owls turned the game into their own little shooting contest.

Collins, Tyndale, Salisbery and Robinson hit successive 3s midway through the first half, making Temple 9-for-16 at that point and giving the Owls a 33-20 lead. Alabama closed with an 11-4 run to trail 35-31 at the half.

AP-ES-12-10-05 1903EST


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