The Temple University men's basketball team finally returned home to the Liacouras Center after opening the season against No. 1 North Carolina in Annapolis and playing three games, two against ranked teams, in Puerto Rico.
The Owls were happy for the home game as well as an opponent in Delaware that didn't have a number in front of its name. Temple rolled to a 69-50 victory to improve to 2-3 on the season, while the Blue Hens fell to 2-2.
Temple lost two games toward the end at the Puerto Rico Shootout, falling to Butler and Utah after winning the first game in the tournament against Minnesota.
"I liked where we were in the final moments of those games," said Dunphy. "I think we're the kind of team that can compete at almost every level, but we can get our comeuppance at every level as well. I liked a little more some of the things defensively today."
Forward Obi Enechionyia led the way wiith 16 points, hitting 4-of-6 three-pointers. He re-injured his sprained ankle that kept him out of the opener in the first half but was able to return to the game and make an impact. Jaylen Bond added 11 points and Quenton DeCosey scored 10.
Enechionyia said he felt the ankle was almost healed until he twisted it again and would get treatment and re-evaluate it Monday.
"You won't believe the scouting report was to not let (Enechionyia) have any open threes," said Delaware coach Monte Ross. "We wanted to make him bounce the ball and not give him any open looks. He got one against the zone, he got one on an out-of-bounds play and one in transition. He's a player that I think is really coming into his own this season. Any time you have a stretch 4 like that, like he is, I think he'll be really good for that team."
Enechionyia said it was his goal in the offseason to improve his outside shooting to make up for the loss of shooting guard Jesse Morgan, who was the Owls' primary long-range threat last year.
"I want to be the shooter," said Enechionyia. "Last year Jesse was the shooter, and this year I want to be the best shooter on the team. That was my focus my whole offseason."
The first half was competitive until the Owls pulled away late, finishing with a 37-25 lead, and were never seriously challenged in the second half.They finished the first half on an 8-0 run with freshman Levan Shawn Alston making both of his three-pointers in the closing stretch.
The Blue Hens suffered a significant injury when guard Chivarsky Corbett tore his ACL, leaving them extremely thin in the backcourt..
Owls point guard Josh Brown continued his shooting struggles, scoring four points on 2-of-9 from the field, but also had six assists without a turnover. The Owls turned it over just five times in the game, twice on offensive fouls, which overcame the fact they continued to struggle a bit on the boards.
The Owls return to the Licacouras Center to play Farleigh Dickinson on Wednesday.