December 12, 2014 |
Temple University basketball coach Fran Dunphy recalled John C. "Butch" Gleason as "one of those kindhearted guys who want to do good for others. " Mr. Gleason and Dunphy graduated as classmates in 1970 at La Salle University. Dunphy noted that he is one of six coaches in Philadelphia "who stage many events over the course of a year" as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer program. It is a collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches "to raise funds and awareness," its website states.
December 2, 2014 |
This is the player that Temple coach Fran Dunphy has been waiting to see. Now the only question is when Owls fans will see more of Texas transfer Jaylen Bond. Bond, a 6-foot-8 junior forward, played his best game so far Sunday in Temple's 70-56 victory over LIU Brooklyn at the Liacouras Center, finishing with 11 points and a career-high 13 rebounds as Temple rallied from a sluggish start to keep the Blackbirds winless. Bond, widely regarded as the team's starting power forward as soon as he decided to transfer here, sprained his right ankle one week before the season opener.
November 26, 2014 |
IT WAS A Big 5 game, the first of the young season. Sometimes, maybe that's all you really have to say. Especially for the purists out there. Penn had lost its first three, all at home. Freshman Mike Auger, the Quakers' leading rebounder and second-leading scorer, was out with a foot injury that might sideline him for a while. And top scorer Tony Hicks, who had all but two of his 17 points in the first half, fouled out with 6 1/2 minutes to go last night at Temple's Liacouras Center.
November 22, 2014 |
Fran Dunphy's Temple Owls will step up in class Friday night, when they face No. 4 Duke in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Blue Devils lost Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood in the first round of the NBA draft, but they quickly reloaded with four McDonald's all-Americans. Center Jahlil Okafor, 6-foot-11 and 270 pounds, was the top-rated player in the recruiting class and could be the No. 1 pick in 2015 if he makes himself eligible for the draft.
November 16, 2014 |
Temple expects to be improved from last year's 9-22 team, but coach Fran Dunphy's Owls will certainly need time to find their form, especially at the offensive end. Defensively, they were in form in their opener, and survived a rough shooting night to defeat American University, 40-37, Friday at the Liacouras Center. It's the fewest points Temple scored in a win since a 38-37 victory over Penn State on Feb. 8, 1947. "I feel very fortunate," said Dunphy, whose team shot 11 for 48 from the field.
November 14, 2014
TEMPLE PROSPECTUS It all comes down to: Defense. The Owls' dismal 9-22 record from a season ago stemmed from their inability to stop opponents from scoring. Not only did their 78.1 points allowed per game rank last in the American Athletic Conference, it put them 330th in Division I. The presence of Jaylen Bond and the return of Daniel Dingle will help immediately on the defensive end. Temple will get a boost on Dec. 18 when transfers Jesse Morgan and Devin Coleman become eligible for the rest of the season.
November 8, 2014 |
AFTER MAKING six consecutive NCAA Tournaments, Temple went 9-22 last season. Maybe it's not supposed to happen, but it does. At some point, even to the best programs. The Owls didn't have a lot of players to begin with, then some of the ones they were counting on got hurt. There's nothing they can do about it now except put it behind them and start over. "I couldn't even watch the NCAA Tournament," said senior lead guard Will Cummings, the team's leading returning scorer (16.8 average)
October 31, 2014 |
NEW YORK - Fran Dunphy is not one to waste words. When he was asked what he needs from his returning top scorer, Will Cummings, the Temple basketball coach got to the point. "Just about everything," Dunphy said. "I need to trust in him and I have already. He's got to be our best decision maker. He's got to be our toughest and staunchest defender, and he has to lead us in every way on and off the court. And he's done a very good job of that. " Cummings was named second-team all-American Athletic Conference on Wednesday during the AAC's media day. The part about being the toughest and staunchest defender seemed to resonate with him. The Owls had posted six consecutive seasons of 21 or more wins and reached the NCAA tournament each time.
October 31, 2014 |
NEW YORK - The 11 head men's basketball coaches from the American Athletic Conference sat side by side in brown leather chairs yesterday, each taking a turn to briefly discussing his team's prospects for the looming season. When it came his time to clutch the microphone, Temple coach Fran Dunphy cut right to the point. In the wake of a dismal 9-22 season that snapped the program's streak of consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances at six, the Owls' focus entering the 2014-15 campaign is clear.
October 14, 2014 |
Archbishop Carroll's Ernest Aflakpui, a 6-foot-10 senior center, committed Sunday evening to play basketball at Temple. "I just think he felt real comfortable with Fran Dunphy and the rest of the Temple coaches," said Terrell Meyers, the director of Aflakpui's AAU team, WeR1. "Coming from Ghana, I think he wanted to experience something different and be in the city. " Aflakpui, who came to Carroll from Ghana in September 2012, chose the Owls over Rhode Island, St. Joseph's, and St. Louis.