Temple Shocks Kansas

The 2013-2014 men’s basketball season is just a memory. With Monday’s stunning 77-52 win over No. 10 Kansas at the Wells Fargo Center, the Owls picked up a sixth win over a top-10 team under Dunphy and improved to 8-4 this season, one victory away from matching last year's win total in a 9-22 season.

The 2013-2014 men’s basketball season is just a memory.

With Monday’s stunning 77-52 win over No. 10 Kansas at the Wells Fargo Center, the Owls picked up a sixth win over a top-10 team under Dunphy and improved to 8-4 this season, one victory away from matching last year's win total in a 9-22 season.

They also improved to 2-0 since transfers Jesse Morgan and Devin Coleman became eligible, though the win over the Jayhawks was just a little more impressive than Thursday’s drubbing of winless Delaware.

The once-offensively deficient Owls have found life, draining 18 of their last 23 shots in pulling away from Kansas. Overall, they hit 58.3 percent.

A three-pointer at the halftime buzzer and quick start to the second half for the Jayjawks cut the Owls’ lead from 13 to 6, but Temple quickly padded the lead back to double digits and kept adding on.

Morgan the Massachusetts transfer who has a just a half-season with the Owls, looks like he’s going to make it a special one. Morgan scored 17 points, while Will Cummings had 19 and Quenton DeCosey added 18.

“It’s a great feeling, man,” said Morgan. “I hope (the win) ignites the team. We have to stay focused, stay humble and prepare for the next team.”

Said Temple coach Fran Dunphy: “Adding a guy like Jesse, who is very active, his energy feeds us.”

The next team will be Delaware State at the Liacouras Center on Sunday, but not until the players go home for Christmas break. They’ll be able to savor a win over a national power that makes it plausible the Owls could return to the NCAA field this year.

Twenty-five point wins over Kansas tend to stand out on your resume.

“We made some shots, we were totally in sync,” said Dunphy. “It was a terrific night for us. We’re grateful for the win. This was about as good as we can play.”

Frank Mason III finished with 20 points for Kansas, but he was arguably the lone bright spot. Owls defensive stalwart Jaylen Bond frustrated forward Perry Ellis into a 1-for-10 shooting night and Kansas shot 32.1 percent for the game.

The Jayhawks finished with eight assists and 17 turnovers, while the Owls totaled eight blocks and eight steals.

“There’s always a hope,” said Dunphy of beating the Jayhawks. “Can you? You don’t know until you give it a shot. They’re a wonderful program, great University. …. It was our night.

“We have to keep it in perspective. It’s a good win, we’re thrilled to have it, but come next Friday we have to prepare for Delaware State. We hope it’s a starting point to appreciate the team we can be.“

When the game was over, the Temple fans stormed the court at the Wells Fargo Center, bringing back memories of the Owls’ win over Duke in the same arena during Cummings’ freshman year.


The senior didn’t know if he’d see the elation again.

“It sinks in when they rush the court, because it happened freshman year when we beat Duke,” said Cummings. “It’s a great feeling to celebrate with the fans. It’s great to have something to celebrate It shows how much we matured from last season. We just want to get wins and get back to the NCAA Tournament.”

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