Fran Dunphy Temple-UMass Postgame

Owls come up short in final seconds in 70-67 loss to Minutemen

AMHERST, Mass. -- Daniel Dingle missed a potential go-ahead three-pointer with 11 seconds to go and Quinton Rose missed a potential game-tying three with four seconds left as Temple dropped a 70-67 decision to UMass on Thursday night at the Mullins Center.

In a tight game in which neither team led by more than five points in the second half, the Owls took a 67-65 lead on Alani Moore's baseline jumper with 50 seconds remaining.  But UMass freshman DeJon Jarreau answered with a three-pointer that put the Minuteman back in front, 68-67, with 34 seconds left.  Rose did not contest Jarreau's shot well enough, the Temple freshman admitted after the game.

Dingle then missed, and Jarreau leaked ahead for a layup to make it a three-point game with seven seconds to go.

Temple had two timeouts, but instead Dingle opted to throw a long pass to Rose, who took a few dribbles and launched a long three.

With the loss, the Owls dropped to 1-2 this season.

Obi Enechionyia scored 26 points in the contest, hitting 5 of 10 three-pointers.  Nobody else for the Owls reached double figures. Shizz Alston contributed nine points, six assists, four steals, and committed just one turnover.  Dingle shot 2 for 10 from the field and finished with five points and six assists.  Ernest Aflakpui had eight points and eight rebounds, and when he encountered first half foul trouble, Damion Moore saw his first action for the Cherry and White and scored six points in six minutes.  Rose finished with eight points and six rebounds and Alani Moore added five points.  Mark Williams went scoreless on six field goal attempts.

Watch Coach Fran Dunphy's postgame press conference here.

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