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Indiana 58, Temple 52

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DAYTON, Ohio -- Temple's Khalif Wyatt hit big shots all afternoon, but Victor Oladipo came through when it meant the most, helping Indiana avoid being the second No. 1 seed to lose during the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament.

Oladipo, who finished with 16 points, hit his only 3-pointer of the game with 14 seconds remaining and the Hoosiers outlasted ninth-seeded Temple 58-52 in a third-round NCAA Tournament game on Sunday at University of Dayton Arena.

Cody Zeller scored 15 points and Will Sheehey added 10 for Indiana (29-6), which advanced to face No. 4 seed Syracuse in the regional semifinals Thursday.

Wyatt scored 20 of his 31 points in the first half to carry Temple (24-10). He hit three 3-pointers and went 4 of 4 from the free-throw line. Anthony Lee added 10 points for the Owls.

Temple had never defeated a No. 1 seed. In the first half, it appeared Wyatt was trying to accomplish the feat on his own.

Wyatt hit eight of his first 12 shots from the floor to keep Temple close. He reached 20 points with 3:08 left in the first half. The Owls didn't get much offensive production from Wyatt's teammates and Indiana trailed just 29-26 at halftime despite his effort.

Wyatt took 14 of Temple's 34 shots from the field in the first half. The Owls outrebounded Indiana 21-18 and forced eight turnovers in the opening 20 minutes.

The second half began in similar fashion, with Wyatt hitting a jumper to put Temple ahead 31-26.

It was clear throughout that the Owls were not intimidated by the top-seeded Hoosiers, as demonstrated by Lee's demonstrative block of a Zeller shot early in the second half.

Indiana, meanwhile, was out of sync offensively for much of the game. Oladipo provided a spark with two straight baskets, including a dunk off his steal, to trim the Hoosiers' deficit to 33-32.

After Sheehey hit a 3-pointer to tie the score 43-43, Wyatt immediately answered with a 3-pointer. But Temple was never able to extend its lead, keeping Indiana on the brink of a comeback.

Two free throws by Zeller tied the score 52-52. Oladipo hit one of two free throws, putting Indiana ahead by one point with 1:19 left.

After Temple's Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson missed a jumper, Oladipo delivered with a deep 3-pointer to put the Hoosiers ahead 56-52 with 14 seconds left.

NOTES: Wyatt's big game came after he injured his left thumb in Friday's win over North Carolina State when it became tangled in the jersey of a Wolfpack player. X-Rays on the thumb were negative. ... Indiana guard Jordan Hulls set an Indiana record with his 134th career game for the Hoosiers, breaking the mark held by Randy Wittman (1979-83) and Jeff Newton (2000-03). ... Temple entered the game winless in eight meetings vs. No. 1 seeds with an average losing margin of 13.1 points.
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