There was a clear break in the schedule this season as the Temple men's basketball team finished off its non-conference slate with an 83-77 victory over Yale.
The win at the Liacouras Center gave the Owls a 9-4 record heading into their conference opener, a home game against nationally-ranked Cincinnati on Wednesday night.
Temple coach Fran Dunphy expressed general contentedness for the Owls' play to this point, especially considering senior point guard Josh Brown missed the early part of the season and the last two games with an Achilles injury and sophomore guard Trey Lowe was forced to redshirt the season because of injuries sustained in a car accident.
Brown's status will be the biggest question mark as the Owls get ready to face the Bearcats. He missed his second straight game Thursday because of soreness and is still eligible to take a medical redshirt. Once he plays in the second half of the season, he will no longer have that option so that's a decision that will have to be made soon.
Dunphy said Brown has not practiced recently and he will meet with doctors again before making his decision.
While it didn't appear too serious, Obi Enechionyia did hobble off towards the end of the game and did not return. Enechionyia grabbed 10 rebounds but scored just three points and was 1-of-11 from the field.
So it was encouraging to see the Owls score 83 points and put four players in double figures without their best player contributing much on the offensive end. Freshman Alani Moore hit four early threes and finished with 26 points, Daniel Dingle added 19, Shizz Alston Jr. scored 16 and Quinton Rose contributed 11.
Temple was 28-of-30 from the foul line as it held off a late Yale charge.
Watch Dunphy's post-game interview as he addresses the Owls' injury as well as their first-half play and what the conference schedule brings.