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February 19, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Fran Dunphy stuck by his principles, even though it resulted in his Temple team's getting out to a slow start in its 83-67 loss to No. 1 Villanova at the Liacouras Center. The Owls coach didn't start arguably his most indispensible player, junior point guard Josh Brown. Before the game, Dunphy said it was a "time management issue. " Afterward he expanded slightly on the matter. "We don't have a lot of rules. Do the right thing is our biggest rule," Dunphy said. "I'm a Spike Lee guy. "[Brown]
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February 17, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Despite ending his freshman season with his best performance, Temple's Obi Enechionyia never imagined being the focal point of opponents' defenses this season. Between an ankle injury that forced him to miss Temple's opening loss to North Carolina and the extra defensive attention, the 6-foot-9 sophomore didn't start this season the way he ended last one. Yet for Temple to have a chance of upsetting No. 1 Villanova in Wednesday's 7 p.m. game at the Liacouras Center, Enechionyia, a true stretch power forward, will have to extend the Villanova defense with his three-point shooting.
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February 16, 2016 | By Mike Kern, STAFF WRITER
MARK MACON scored more points (2,609) than all but two players in Big 5 history: Lionel Simmons (3,217) and Michael Brooks (2,628). He's the only man who played basketball for Temple since 1958 to have his number retired. In his college farewell he had 31 on 12-for-23 shooting to go with nine rebounds as 10th-seeded Temple lost to top seed North Carolina, 75-72, at the Meadowlands in the East Regional final. His 30-footer at the buzzer hit off the front of the rim. I asked UNC's Rick Fox what he was thinking when that shot was in the air. Without hesitation he replied, "I thought it was going in, because it seemed like everything else he put up did. " Later, at the podium, coach John Chaney got emotional talking about how he wanted to get to the Final Four "for Mark," when of course everybody else wanted to get there for Chaney.
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February 14, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
There will be plenty of emotion at the Liacouras Center when Temple resumes action Sunday with an American Athletic Conference game against South Florida. The Owls fans will naturally be giddy over Thursday's wild 63-58 comeback win over visiting Connecticut, when Temple erased a 12-point lead with less than six minutes remaining. There also will be a celebration of the past when the 1991 Temple team is honored for reaching the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament a quarter of a century ago. Among those returning will be the star of that team, Temple's all-time leading scorer, Mark Macon.
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February 12, 2016 | By Mike Kern, Staff Writer
SINCE 1952-53, Temple has finished only one season with just one double-figure scorer. That was in the mid-1990s, when Marc Jackson was that guy for a team that made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. It might happen again. Maybe even on both counts. Senior guard Quenton DeCosey averages 16.5 points a game. Right now, nobody else on the Owls is over 9.8. DeCosey isn't the only reason they beat Connecticut, 63-58, on Thursday night at the Liacouras Center, in a game they might need to get into the only postseason field that really matters.
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February 7, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
A few times this year, Temple's basketball team appeared to win a game that would propel the Owls to greater heights only to become a false alarm. Among the wins were victories over teams that were ranked at the time: Cincinnati, Connecticut and previously unbeaten SMU. Temple lost after beating Cincinnati and SMU and won a single game after beating UConn before losing again. The Owls are coming off another big win, Thursday's 83-79 overtime victory over visiting Tulsa. Temple appeared buried, trailing by 12 points on three different occasions in the second half and down by five with under 26 seconds left in regulation.
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February 2, 2016 | By Joey Knight, For The Inquirer
TAMPA, Fla. - Despite having only six available scholarship players, South Florida entered Sunday's contest against Temple on a two-game winning streak sparked primarily by grit and interior brawn. But the Owls answered the Bulls' peskiness with Quenton DeCosey's proficiency. The 6-foot-5 senior scored 20 of his career-best 30 points in the first half as Temple (12-8, 6-3 American) escaped the Sun Dome with a 70-63 victory before an announced crowd of 2,875. DeCosey "was great," said Owls coach Fran Dunphy, whose 515th career triumph left him two shy of surpassing predecessor John Chaney as the winningest coach in Big Five history.
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January 28, 2016 | By Mike Kern, Daily News Columnist
IT'S TIME. Time to do the right thing. For a most deserving guy, for all the obvious reasons. From 1982-2006, John Chaney went 516-253 at Temple. It's the most wins by any coach in Big 5 history. But not for much longer. Soon, the record will belong to Chaney's successor on North Broad. Now in his 10th season, Fran Dunphy is 204-115 with the Owls. After going 310-163 at Penn. Which means that he's three victories away from passing a legend. And even at 67, it's like not he's retiring tomorrow.
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January 28, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
Temple coach Fran Dunphy realizes that when a team has a bench like the Owls - one that includes a fifth-year senior, a redshirt junior, a third-year junior, and a sophomore who started 10 straight games earlier this season - frustration can seep in at some point. But a major reason the Owls have won five of their last six games, including Sunday's 89-80 upset of No. 8 ranked and previously unbeaten Southern Methodist, is because their nonstarters have accepted their roles. "There's frustration involved with sacrifice, and that comes with the territory," Dunphy said.
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January 21, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
The noise didn't stop at the locker room door. Two teams would be playing, two would be waiting underneath the stands, which often seemed to shake, the vibrations carrying right into the room. "You'd be peeking out, trying to see who was playing well," Fran Dunphy said this week. "Because you knew every player. " Wednesday night at the Palestra, four teams will play basketball and also offer a nod to the past. Temple will face La Salle, and then St. Joseph's takes on Penn, and Dunphy hopes the fans for the second game get there early and the fans for the first game stay to the end. Because there is nothing exactly like this anywhere else in college basketball.
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