SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Wichita State is getting too much experience explaining tough losses in warm climates.
The Shockers fell 78-74 in overtime to Temple on Sunday in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. WSU battled a good opponent and had chances to win before fading in overtime. The scene felt similar to Friday's loss to Alabama or last season's loss to Connecticut in Hawaii.
The Shockers keep hoping to walk out of a gym into the sun with a different story. So far, they're only close.
"We didn't get the job done," WSU center Garrett Stutz said. "When reality doesn't meet expectations, it's still considered disappointment."
WSU (2-2) can point to several issues in the loss to Temple (3-1) in the third-place game at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico. Coach Gregg Marshall hopes the problems aren't related to poor shooting. WSU went 0 for 8 from three-point range in the first half and trailed 33-27.
"We came out with a little more vigor in the second half," he said. "We've got to come out from the jump and play with a little more energy. I hope that that's not an indicator of what's to come, that we have to make shots to get our engine revved."
WSU's offense never clicked consistently. For the game, the Shockers missed 16 of 20 three-pointers and went 12 of 22 from the foul line. The Shockers played better in the second half, only to squander a three-point lead in the final minute. With the game tied in the final 30 seconds and no reason to hurry, senior Toure Murry missed badly on a guarded three.
That turned out to be WSU's best chance.
Temple scored on the first play of overtime on its way to a 7-0 run that WSU couldn't overcome. The Owls won the tip and Rahlir Hollis Jefferson bounced a pass to Ramone Moore for a layup. After a WSU miss, Khalif Wyatt scored. After Stutz missed his third three of the game, Moore converted a three-point play for a 71-64 lead with 3:14 to play.
"It's tough fighting back," Murry said. "Temple plays a real slow offense, and it was tough getting stops and also scoring on the other end."
The Shockers cut the lead to three with 39 seconds to play, but WSU didn't score again until Murry's layup at the buzzer.
Murry led WSU with a career-high 24 points, 14 in the second half, and he also grabbed seven rebounds. However, after making a series of plays to help WSU rally, he forced a shot near the end of regulation that didn't give the Shockers their best chance to win.
"We had a play called, Iso, and I guess he felt he was open," Marshall said. "He had made a lot of shots, and he felt he was open. It's not the exact thing we're looking for on that play, but if he's wide open, I want him taking it."
Murry had Temple's Juan Fernandez off balance after he faked a drive. But Fernandez recovered to contest the shot.
"I felt like I could take the shot, and it came up short," Murry said.
Temple's Ramone Moore scored 23 points, six in overtime. His layup to start overtime turned the momentum permanently in Temple's favor.
"You don't practice jump balls all that much," Temple coach Fran Dunphy said. "It just worked out. Rahlir got it and read it and gave it to Ramone and that started us off."
Temple pulled away late in the first half, helped by Shocker mistakes. The Owls led 24-21 and Fernandez's three made it 31-23. WSU let the Owls get rolling by botching a lob pass and committing two turnovers in that span. WSU's only basket came when Stutz dunked on a pass from David Kyles.
Kyles scored just before the halftime buzzer, following in a miss by Demetric Williams, to cut Temple's led to 33-25.
WSU made 13 of 31 shots, five by Murry, in the first half. Temple made 5 of 9 threes, three by Fernandez.
Colorado 81, Western Michigan 76 _ Carlon Brown led the Buffaloes with 23 points in the seventh-place game. Matt Stainbrook scored 20 for Western Michigan.
Iona 89, Maryland 63 — Iona guard Scott Machado scored 15 points and handed out 15 assists in the fifth-place game. He finished the three games with a tournament-record 41 assists. Sean Mosley led Maryland with 21 points.
Alabama 65, Purdue 56 — Alabama won the tournament with Trevor Releford scoring 20 points. The Tide held Purdue to 35.1-percent shooting. Robbie Hummel led the Boilermakers with 17 points.
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