Temple Cruises to 66-53 Win Over ECU

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- Temple dominated East Carolina on the glass to cruise past East Carolina 66-53.

Temple cruised past East Carolina Saturday afternoon. As dominant as the Owls were on the scoreboard with a 66-53 win, they were even stronger on the board with 49 rebounds to ECU’s 26.

Neither team shot well. ECU went 19-for-54 from the field while Temple went 21-for-57. Temple found its scoring on second-chance points. The Owls got 19 points via their 18 offensive rebounds. By working down low, they were also able to get to the free-throw line and score on 18 of 25 attempts from there.

Will Cummings tallied 17 points, seven rebounds, six assists, a pair of blocks and a pair of steals for Temple. Jesse Morgan added another 14 points and Josh Brown chipped in with 10.

Jaylen Bond led the Owls on the glass with 16 rebounds, including 10 in the first half alone. Temple had a 30-10 rebounding advantage after the first 20 minutes of play.

ECU didn’t get much scoring from its usual suspects. Terry Whisnant finished with 13 points after not scoring in the first half. Caleb White and B.J. Tyson, who each had great performances earlier in the week, were held to less than 10 points.

The Pirates also didn’t get much rebounding from its leaders on the board. Michael Zangari pulled in six for the team lead, but Michel Nzege was only able to get three rebounds and Marshall Guilmette only got two.

Temple closed the first half on a 10-1 run to take a 34-18 lead into the locker room. Brown and Morgan each hit a trey over the last 4:29 of the first half while ECU’s lone point came from a Marshall Guilmette free throw.

ECU wouldn’t be able to put together any kind of run like that. The Pirates never came within 10 points in the second half and Temple led by 18 points with 4:20 left in the game. The Owls wouldn’t score again in the last 4:20, but ECU’s five points weren’t nearly enough to close the gap.

The schedule doesn’t get any easier for ECU. The Pirates are on the road against another one of the conference’s best in Tulsa on Wednesday.


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