Temple allows 8 first-half points in win

The Temple men’s basketball team held Tulane to a Liacouras Center-record low eight points in a half Saturday, going on to defeat the Green Wave, 55-37. The Owls led 28-8 at the break and were never really threatened in moving to 15-7 overall and 6-3 in the American Athletic Conference. Tulane fell to 13-9, 4-6.

The Temple men’s basketball team held Tulane to a Liacouras Center-record low eight points in a half Saturday, going on to defeat the Green Wave, 55-37.

The Owls led 28-8 at the break and were never really threatened in moving to 15-7 overall and 6-3 in the American Athletic Conference. Tulane fell to 13-9, 4-6.

“I’d like to think we’re getting better defensively,” said Temple coach Fran Dunphy. “I think when we look at the film they had some open looks and didn’t knock them down. It wasn’t all us by any stretch, but I think we are getting better defensively.”

Temple started the game on a 12-0 run with Quenton DeCosey hitting two threes for the first six points. It took the Green Wave 4:33 to score its first points and putting the ball in the basket never became much easier the rest of the half.

“It got us off to a great start, me knocking down shots got contagious,” said DeCosey. “Everybody started making shots and I just wanted to come out aggressive and my teammates found me.

“Our defense in the first half was incredible. Everybody locked down on defense. We were getting three, four stops in a row and did a good job.”

The Green Wave went 5:39 without scoring before Kajon Mack’s three-point play with 1:40 left gave them their final points of the half – a basket Dunphy lamented because of a defensive breakdown. Tulane shot 12.5 percent in the first half and 25.9 percent for the game.

Temple coach Fran Dunphy and the players said the Owls emphasized defending out-of-bound plays after looking at the film of a 64-58 win at Tulane earlier this season.

“We gave up 13 points in the first half on out-of-bounds plays the last time, and fixed it at halftime,” said Dunphy. “I don’t think we gave up any this game, and that was really the key. But we switched well and communicated well in the second half.”

DeCosey finished with a team-high 17 points, including four three-pointers. Will Cummings added 13 points, six rebounds and six assists and freshman Obi Enechionyia scored 12 points and blocked three shots in a 25-minute run off the bench.

The win was the third straight for the Owls after a three-game losing streak.

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