Shawn Pastor

Temple improved to 3-3 by rolling past Farleigh Dickinson Wednesday night

The Owls improved to 2-0 at home and 3-3 overall, but the competition is about to get tougher.

The Temple men's basketball has faced three ranked teams this season and lost all three games, though was competitive against Butler and Utah before succumbing late.

While the Owls' next opponent, Wisconsin, isn't currently ranked, the 5-3 Badgers started the year No. 17 and are coming off a win over No. 14 Syracuse. They also are coming off an appearance in the national championship game.

Temple will take a two-game winning streak and 3-3 record into Saturday's contest at Madison after beating Farleigh Dickinson, 79-70. Saturday's game which will be contested at the same time as the football team's American Athletic Conference championship game at Houston.

Since Temple missed out on beating one of the ranked foes, a win over the Badgers would go a long way towards its goals of getting back to the NCAA Tournament after a two-year absence.

"They have a terriffic program, we're playing at a place where they don't lose much," said Temple coach Fran Dupnhy. "We have to be careful the way we run offense, we have to be terriffic on the other end. They won't put us on the line much. We can't turn it over. We can't take too many possesions off."

Quenton DeCosey led the way with 22 points and eight rebounds and Jaylen Bond added 18 points for the Owls, who led by just two at the break but pushed the advantage to 23 in the second half.

After coming into the game as the stingiest team in the country at turning the ball over, Temple turned it 14 times against FDU. Only two of those turmovers came from point guard Josh Brown, who had a career-high seven assists and four blocks.

"I don't think we're going to be a team that will be at 7.2 (turnovers per game) all year, but if we can be under 10 I know Coach (John) Chaney will be happy," said Dunphy. "Josh can be a little more aggressive taking the ball to the basket, but he has to make the right decisions when he does. Right now, his assists to turns are terriffic."

While beating Delaware and Farleigh Dickinson has helped put the Owls back on track, they now have to see how they fare against a better level of competition.

"We did what we had to do these last two games," said Dunphy. "We had home games we had to win and we won them."

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