Consecutive Collapses

The Temple men's basketball team has fallen into a pattern in its first three games of the season, and it's not a good one. The Owls have played well enough to lead in the final minutes of games, but are having a difficult time closing them out. Thursday night's 75-69 loss at Towson was the second straight setback after barely surviving a late collapse against Penn.

The Temple men's basketball team has fallen into a pattern in its first three games of the season, and it's not a good one.

The Owls have played well enough to lead in the final minutes of games, but are having a difficult time closing them out. Thursday night's 75-69 loss at Towson was the second straight setback after barely surviving a late collapse against Penn.

Temple held a nine-point lead early in the second half and still was up seven with over nine minutes to go, but the Tigers scored the next eight points to take the lead.

The Owls went back ahead 60-57 on a pair of Will Cummings free throws with 5:37 to play, but then gave up nine straight to Towson to trail by six, 66-60. Timajh Parker-Rivera scored the go-ahead points on a three-point play following a Quenton DeCosey turnover that put Towson ahead, 62-60, with 4:32 remaining.

Temple made one final push but turned the ball over down three with 24 seconds left. The loss was similar to Monday night's meltdown against Kent State in the home opener.

Rebounding and turnovers were the culprits on Thursday. Towson totaled 47 rebounds, including 22 on the offensive glass and the Owls had no answer for Jerrelle Benimon, who scored 32 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Temple's 12 assists were offset by 16 turnovers, including five more from junior point guard Will Cummings, who has 16 assists and 15 turnovers in three games.

Cummings was once again a scoring threat with 18 points. He is leading the Owls with a 17.7 average.

Junior center Anthony Lee scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Owls, but he also turned the ball over four times.

Temple led 36-31 at the half and pushed the lead to nine by scoring the first four points of the second half, but as has been their custom failed to hold the lead.

After playing three games in six days, the Owls will have a much-needed week off before opening play in the Charleston Classic next Thursday against Clemson.

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