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At the beginning of the season, Temple men's basketball coach Fran Dunphy said sophomore Quenton DeCosey had to become one of the leading scorers for the Owls to be successful. While the sophomore guard is scoring, he hasn't been as consistent as he or Dunphy would like from the floor. DeCosey is shooting 41.4 percent and 33.8 percent on threes.

At the beginning of the season, Temple men's basketball coach Fran Dunphy said sophomore Quenton DeCosey had to become one of the leading scorers for the Owls to be successful.

DeCosey has done that — he is the second-leading scorer for Temple at 15.2 points per game — though it hasn't translated to wins as the Owls have struggled with a 7-19 record.

While the sophomore guard is scoring, he hasn't been as consistent as he or Dunphy would like from the floor. DeCosey is shooting 41.4 percent and 33.8 percent on threes.

DeCosey looked like he was catching fire around the start of the New year, hitting 24-of-40 in a three-game stretch against Texas Southern, LIU-Brooklyn and Rutgers.

He was a respectable 22-for-47 in the next three games against Mephis, Cincinnati and La Salle — almost single-handedly keeping the Owls in the game against the Explorers.

But despite scoring in double figures on most nights since, DeCosey has needed a lot of shots to get his points. In the last 10 games, DeCosey is just 46-for-125 for a 36.8 percentage from the field and has shot over 50 percent just twice — including a 9-for-17 performance while dropping 23 in an overtime loss at Memphis Saturday.

During the stretch he is just 15-for-60 on three-pointers, a paltry 25 percent, including connecting on 4-of-9 in his breakout game against the Tigers.

"Somebody just asked me about his three-point shooting," said Dunphy after a recent game. "He needs to get that going on. Most of the time he gets decent looks, but he's like everybody else. A little bit of confidence can go a long way."

DeCosey admitted it has been a struggle recently, but he's working through it.

"I just wanted to stay positive, not get down on myself and help my team," said DeCosey. "I'm just in a little slump, I‘m trying to work hard. ... Keep looking at the next possession, next play."

Dunphy thought DeCosey had some success driving the ball to the basket in Thursday's loss to Connectiut. The sophomore is a natural scorer that has the ability to drive and shoot from the perimeter when he's going well, but has options if his shot isn't falling.

Senior Dalton Pepper is the Owls' leading scorer this season, and next year DeCosey won't only have to be one of the leading scorers — he's going to have to be the guy.

It would be a good sign for the future if DeCosey can finish strong and head into the offseason on a positive note. Dunphy has no doubt DeCosey is taking the steps to be a great player.

"He's spending extra time in the gym every day," said Dunphy. "If he has open looks, he needs to shoot it. He's trying his best, he's pushing himself as much as he can. We don't have a lot of depth at the guard position, but he's a strong kid. We need him to step up, obviously."

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