- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 28, 2006

PHILADELPHIA — Temple’s infamous “goon” aroused the ire of Maryland’s Nik Caner-Medley yesterday.

The senior forward blasted Temple’s Nehemiah Ingram after the two tangled at times in the Terrapins’ 91-85 loss at the Liacouras Center, describing Ingram as “a very dirty player.”

The charge isn’t anything new for Ingram, who broke the arm of Saint Joseph’s forward John Bryant in a game last Feb.22. Ingram fouled out in four minutes that night, and Temple coach John Chaney admitted afterward he sent in his “goon” to provide physical play. Chaney was suspended five games for the incident.

“He doesn’t belong playing college basketball as far as I’m concerned,” Caner-Medley said. “He was doing dirty things and you saw what happened with him last year. He was doing things that take place on football fields. You play aggressive, play physical, that’s great. But when you’re out there trying to injure people, that’s a different story.”

The 6-foot-8, 250-pound Ingram wasn’t nearly as flagrant an enforcer yesterday, scoring five points and adding five rebounds in 22 minutes. All three totals were season-highs for Ingram, who had 12 points and 13 rebounds in 14 games before yesterday.

The senior committed four fouls, including three on Caner-Medley, who finished with a game-high 30 points.

“I was not trying to injure anybody,” Ingram said. “You go down to the big man’s area, you’re supposed to get banged around. It’s a physical area.”

Ingram, who played for Temple’s football team last fall, is best known for his encounter with Bryant last season. Few in Philadelphia have forgotten the incident, though a fan perched two rows behind the broadcast crew shouted “Hey ESPN, let it go” when film from that game was replayed on a courtside monitor.

Caner-Medley wasn’t about to, and he didn’t try to hide his disgust after battling Ingram yesterday.

“I didn’t have anything to say to him,” Caner-Medley said. “He had a lot of things to say, to be honest. He’s just a very dirty player and has the idea of doing dirty things when he goes on the court. That’s the type of player he is. He’s a football player playing college basketball. I wouldn’t be surprised if he hurt somebody this year again.”

The two appeared to have a few exchanges, and Ingram said Caner-Medley mentioned his 35-point performance in a victory against the Owls last season. Ingram said his retort was “that was last year.”

However, even Ingram admitted yesterday’s play was chippier than he was accustomed to. The teams combined for 53 fouls, though the figure was slightly inflated by Maryland’s late fouls.

“It was a little bit,” Ingram said. “They’re ACC, we’re Atlantic 10. They’re supposed to play physical.”

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