Brooklyn, N.Y.–Temple knocked off two Top 25 teams to win the NIT Season Tip-Off. The Owls came from behind to beat No. 25 Florida State on Thursday and hung on to beat No. 19 West Virginia 81-77 on Friday afternoon.
The Mountaineers (4-1) rallied behind Esa Ahmad in the second half to nearly overcome a 45-25 deficit but WVU was unable to finish.
Alani Moore II and Obi Enechionya made free throws with seconds remaining to hold off the Mountaineers.
Daxter Miles Jr. dropped a long three to pull WVU within two with 9:41 left to play. Myers tied the game at 62-all 25 seconds later.
Tarik Phillip put the Mountaineers ahead 65-64 when he hit two free throws. Ahmad extended that lead with a layup with 7:19 left.
But Temple answered when Enechionya hit a 3-pointer. WVU then turned the ball over on back-to-back possessions, leading to the final four free throws.
WVU began the game with a 7-0 run and looked as if it was on its way to another blowout but sloppy play led to a 15-4 Temple run.
WVU returns to the Coliseum to face Manhattan on Monday at 7 p.m.
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