Originally written on Buzz On Broad  |  Last updated 1/4/12

The game got off to an interesting start with Temple turning the ball over six times in the opening five minutes. Typically, this would favor Duke, but the Blue Devils were unable to convert on Temple's miscues and failed to make Temple pay for their mistakes. This allowed Temple to hang around and ultimately pull of the 78-73 upset. 

The upset was fueled by the performances of Temple's three guards: Khaliff Wyatt, Juan Fernandez and Ramone Moore. 

Wyatt knocked down big shot after big shot, including a stretch in which he hit back-to-back three-pointers in the final minutes of play. The junior guard finished with a game-high 22 points and five steals. His effort throughout the game, both early and late, was a major reason why Temple had so much success tonight.

"You always want to start quick and today we emphasized it," said Wyatt. "We started out quick and we played solid the whole game."

Aiding Wyatt in the scoring department was Moore, who dropped 11 points and played strong defense throughout the game. He fell short of his 17.4 ppg stat line entering the game, but Moore was a key cog for this Temple team down the stretch. 

"We came in here and we wanted to play well," said Moore. "It starts with us three: Khaliff, myself, and Juan. I think we just did a good job, and whenever you play Duke you just want to beat those guys and I think we showed that in the way we played."

As for Fernandez, he didn't dominate like he has done before on the court, finishing with just four points and seven turnovers. Yet, he led the team with six assists, including a nifty behind the back pass that led to an easy two points in the waning minutes. 

With Fernandez and Moore falling short of their potential tonight, Temple needed someone to step up. That person was Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson. The junior forward compiled a season-high 17 points on 7-10 shooting. He also added six rebounds and four assists. 

Overall it was a tremendous effort by Temple, who recorded their first ever victory at the Wells Fargo Center (1-3) and their first win over Duke since 1996. However, head coach Fran Dunphy, who will definitely celebrate the win tonight, still would like to see some improvement from his squad. 

"We did turn it over a bit too much and I thought we forced some things a little too much," said Dunphy, who immedietely walked into the team's locker room and made sure his players didn't lose focus of their game on Saturday against Dayton. 

The Owls (10-3, 0-0 A10) will open up conference play with a full tank of momentum heading into Saturday's home game against Dayton (11-4, 1-0 A10). Temple will need Fernandez to bounce back strong this weekend, while hoping Wyatt and Hollis-Jefferson can maintain their ever growing confidence on the floor. 

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