What's a good shot for the Owls' big men?

What’s a good shot for the Temple forwards? That’s a question the Owls have been trying to find out in the early part of the season. Mark Williams is 16-for-48 overall (33 percent) and 4-of-17 (24 percent) on 3s. Daniel Dingle is 14-of-40 overall (35 percent) and 5-of-25 (20 percent) on 3s. Jaylen Bond is 9-of-24 overall (38 percent) and 0-for-10 on 3s (well, you can do that math).

What’s a good shot for the Temple forwards?

That’s a question the Owls have been trying to find out in the early part of the season. Mark Williams is 16-for-48 overall (33 percent) and 4-of-17 (24 percent) on 3s. Daniel Dingle is 14-of-40 overall (35 percent) and 5-of-25 (20 percent) on 3s.

Jaylen Bond is 9-of-24 overall (38 percent) and 0-for-10 on 3s (well, you can do that math).

The Owls lack a deadly outside shooter like they’ve had in past years with Dalton Pepper and Khalif Wyatt. Guard Quenton DeCosey is probably their best outside shooter and even after three treys in the second half in a come-from-behind win over LIU-Brooklyn, he is only 29 percent from behind the arc.

Overall, Temple was 1-for-15 in the first half against LIU-Brooklyn and 4-of-26 for the game. UMass transfer Jesse Morgan will probably help the long-range shooting when he joins the Owls on Dec. 18.

“We had open shots, we normally knock those down,” said senior point guard Will Cummings, who is 5-for-25 on 3s this year. “Guys knock them down in practice all the time … We’re going to have struggles sometimes on offense, we’ll look great sometimes on offense. That’s just basketball, flow of the game. You just have to make shots.”

Coach Fran Dunphy admitted part of the problem is Williams, Dingle and Bond aren’t strong offensive post players. Each is more comfortable facing the basket.

“It’s taking good shots, feeling you’re very comfortable taking those shots and making those shots,” said Dunphy. “We have to do a better job of shot selection.

“If we were a killer post-up team and had a guy down there that did good work all the time …. So I think at some point you have to take what the defense gives you. Of the 15 (first-half 3s), there were probably 3 or 4 we had to make a better decision and hopefully we’ll shoot better than that.”

That being said, they might be better off facing the basket from 10-15 feet like Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson did effectively late in his career – than firing away from 18-20.

Bond’s best offense in the win against the Blackbirds was grabbing an offensive rebound and sticking it back for points. After sitting out last year as a transfer from Texas and missing the first two games this year with an ankle injury, Bond is just rounding into form.

“He wants to be a jump shooter and I want him to be one too, but he has to be more judicious with that,” said Dunphy. “He hasn’t played for a long, long time and he has some rust on him. He can be better at shot selection. He’s got a decent stroke, let’s keep working at it. But if it’s not going and he can make an extra pass, that’s good too.

“And by the way, when they shoot it and don’t make it and you can put it back in, that’s a nice play. You’re torn a little bit as a coach because you want to give them freedom, but I have to get something back for the freedom and that’s really be great on the defensive end and good decision-making too. That’s the issue you deal with, with players.”

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