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posted: 3/15/2010 12:01 AM

Temple holds off Richmond to claim Atlantic 10 title

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  • Temple's Ryan Brooks helped the Owls win their third straight Atlantic 10 title on Sunday, beating Richmond.

      Temple's Ryan Brooks helped the Owls win their third straight Atlantic 10 title on Sunday, beating Richmond.
    Associated Press

 

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Temple is the champion of the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament once again.

Ryan Brooks hit four free throws over the final 50 seconds and the top-seeded and 17th-ranked Owls won their third straight conference tournament title, holding off a gutty rally by Richmond for a 56-52 victory in the championship game on Sunday.

Tournament MVP Juan Fernandez scored 18 points and Brooks and Ramone Moore finished with 12 each for Temple (29-5) to its 10th straight win and a third straight automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

Richmond had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds but David Gonzalvez missed a 3-pointer with 7 seconds to play. The third-seeded Spiders (26-8) are likely to get an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament.