Owls Still Riding The Wave

Temple’s men’s basketball team moved into sole possession of first place in the American Athletic Conference, defeating Tulane, 64-56, in New Orleans on Wednesday night. The Owls are the only 3-0 team in the league, while their sixth straight win improved them to 12-4 on the season.

Temple’s men’s basketball team moved into sole possession of first place in the American Athletic Conference, defeating Tulane, 64-56, in New Orleans on Wednesday night.

The Owls are the only 3-0 team in the league, while their sixth straight win improved them to 12-4 on the season.

Temple used its new-found balance as four players reached double figures in a win over the upstart Green Wave (11-4, 2-1), which joined the American this season.

Quenton DeCosey led the way with 15 points, Will Cummings and Jesse Mrogan added 14 each and Jaylen Bond recorded his fourth double-double, scoring 10 points and snatching 11 rebounds.

Temple is undefeated since Morgan and Devin Coleman joined the Owls after sitting out the first semester because of NCAA transfer rules.

The Owls shot just 25.8 percent in the first half but trailed only 27-25. As they shot it better in the second half – buoyed by some second-chance points started by Jaylen Bond – they were able to pull away from Tulane.

“We shot it a little better in the second half, obviously,” said Temple coach Fran Dunphy. “We got it to the rim a few times, Jaylen Bond’s getting stickbacks was huge. He had five offensive rebounds in the second half … He had no points in the first half and finished with 10.”

The Green Wave made a couple runs late in the second half but the Owls did the job at the line with Cummings hitting 8-of-9 overall.

“It’s a real good win for us,” said Dunphy. “Tulane has been playing well, we made some big shots down the stretch. We were in a little bit of trouble and came away with a couple big plays and a couple big free throws.”

Freshman Obi Enechionyia started for a second straight game and finished with four points, four rebounds and two blocks.

Temple will try for its seventh straight win when it takes on Tulsa at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Liacouras Center.

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