Hokies spoil Chaney#039;s return

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 17, 2005

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Virginia Tech spoiled John Chaney's return to the Temple bench Tuesday night, using an 8-0 run in the second half to pull away and beat the Owls 60-50 in the first round of the NIT.

Zabian Dowdell scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half for Virginia Tech, including the last six in the eight-point outburst. The Owls were within 40-37 when the run started, but never got closer than five again.

Chaney was coaching his first game since serving a three-week suspension for sending Nehemiah Ingram in to commit hard fouls that left Saint Joseph's senior John Bryant with a broken arm in a regular-season game.

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Chaney was booed when he entered the court, and Ingram drew jeers when he made two free throws. There was security behind the Owls' bench, but Chaney remained calm throughout, mostly just sitting on the bench.