Will Cummings led four Temple basketball players in double-figures with 22 points – including 15 on 17 shots from the free throw line – and the Owls scored 51 points in the second half to put away Towson, 76-64, on Wednesday night.
The Owls, taking another step in putting last year’s ghastly 9-22 record behind them, improved to 6-3. Towson fell to 7-3.
Jaylen Bond, who has worked his way into the starting lineup since recovering from an ankle injury, had 10 points, nine rebounds, two blocks and a steal. Quenton DeCosey scored 16 points – including 9-of-11 from the line – and Daniel Dingle scored 11.
“We’re being aggressive, getting to the basket and getting foul calls,” said Cummings. “That’s what gets us going and something we have to be more conscious of, to be able to get those fouls.”
Freshman Obi Enechionyia made his presence felt with seven points, five rebounds and four blocks.
“If he’s getting blocks, he’s getting humself in better defensive position and can still get better,” said Temple coach Fran Dunphy. “But he’s finding out who he is, he’s long, athletic and skilled. It’s a good combination.”
Said Enechionyia: “Confidence comes from experience, just getting a feel for the game. Playing more minutes helps too. Since high school, one of the things I’ve been known for is blocking shots, changing things on defense and today I did a good job of that. I think I’m tetting better every game.”
Temple, which has struggled at times with its offense this year, shot 50 percent from the field in the second half. The Owls led 25-20 at the half.
“Some games are like that, you just have to keep shooting the ball,” said Dunphy. “You just have to be confident and shoot the right shots.”
Four McGlynn scored 20 points and Alex Gavrilovic added 17 for Towson, which stayed in the game with 24 offensive rebounds.
The Owls move on to face No. 7 Villanova on Sunday afternoon at the Pavilion.
“I know they’re a tough team, but I think we’re ready,” said Enechionyia.
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