Reporting Mike DeNardo
By Mike DeNardo
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – March Madness hit the Temple campus as students and staff watched the Owls beat N.C. State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
A few hundred watched on the big screen at Temple’s performing arts center. The Owls had as much as an 18-point lead in the second half, but the Wolfpack cut it to two-points late in the game. Temple held on, though, for a 76-72 win (see related story).
Sophomore Evan Feinstein admitted to some anxiety at the end:
“It was pretty nerve-wracking,” he said. “I don’t know if there was doubt. I’m pretty confident in our squad. I mean, I’m a die-hard Temple fan. Coming off that loss to UMass I knew it was going to be a tough one coming in. But I knew, strong out of the season it looked good for us in the tourney. I’m excited about this team.”
Now the Owls fans are hoping Temple can give top seed Indiana a similar fight on Sunday.
Sophomore Sam French is hoping Temple can maintain some momentum:
“I mean, Indiana’s a good team,” he said. “But like I said, we have confidence. The team looks good especially after this win they’ll be coming in on a high obviously so hopefully they can keep it going.”