February 7, 2014 |
UNIVERSITY PARK, Texas - Deion Sanders was on hand last night at Moody Coliseum, but the Temple Owls were decidedly not ready for prime time. With the Hall of Fame cornerback looking on - along with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, Mavericks center Samuel Dalembert and Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt - the Owls wilted under defensive pressure by Southern Methodist University and slogged to a 75-52 loss. The defeat was the Owls' 10th in their past 11 games, and their second straight of a lopsided variety following a 90-74 loss to Villanova on Saturday.
January 31, 2014 |
Earlier this week during practice, Fran Dunphy pulled Will Cummings aside. The senior guard had been struggling. Cummings missed two games in the middle of January with concussion symptoms and had been inconsistent in his two games back. Dunphy's message at practice: Find ways to get other players the ball. In an 88-82 win against Rutgers at the Liacouras Center on Wednesday night, it seemed Cummings got the point. Cummings had a career- high eight assists and scored 21 points to help Temple (6-13, 1-7 American Athletic Conference)
January 27, 2014 |
On the coffee table in Fran Dunphy's Temple basketball office, underneath a book about legendary Owls coach John Chaney, another on the divine nature of basketball, and one that tells you to Get in the Game - the Game of Life, there is a slim volume titled, Doing More With Less. Hmmm. "That was a business thing that somebody sent me," Dunphy said, batting away the notion that anything in the book might help a shorthanded basketball squad break a seven-game losing streak. Dunphy isn't the type to allow excuses.
January 17, 2014 |
THE MAGIC of the Palestra is much more than just jump shots and free throws. It is to Philadelphia what Fenway Park is to Boston, what the old Forum used to be to Montreal. Officially, it is where Penn plays its home games. But really, it is the region's homecourt. There aren't nearly as many games played there as before, but it remains one of the most hallowed facilities in the land. And so many of us have our own unique piece of it. Phil Martelli still can hear the "ding" of the bell from the Septa trolley he and his Finnegan Playground mates used to take from Southwest Philly.
January 10, 2014 |
EVERYONE FIGURED that depth could turn out to be an issue this season on North Broad. But last night at the Liacouras Center, it finally became too much to overcome. On Dec. 29, Temple lost sophomore swingman Daniel Dingle for the season with a knee injury suffered at practice. Saturday at Central Florida, one of the Owls' big men, freshman Mark Williams, sprained an ankle. Then, in the first half against South Florida last night, leading scorer Will Cummings went out with concussion-like symptoms after taking a hit to his head.
December 9, 2013 |
It didn't take long for Fran Dunphy's blood to start boiling Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center. During the early stages of Temple's game against young but talented Texas, Dunphy watched the Longhorns leave Owls defenders in their wake, racing down the floor time and again for easy baskets until the Owls fell behind by 16 points. At the first television timeout, the red-faced Dunphy slammed down his folding chair, gathered the Owls around him, and told them they had better start guarding or else they were doomed.
December 6, 2013 |
In the first month of the season, Temple had problems keeping leads late in games. Anthony Lee made sure that didn't happen again on Wednesday night. Lee, a 6-foot-9 junior forward, scored seven of his 15 points in the final 2 minutes, 10 seconds and came up with an important offensive rebound to lift the Owls to a 77-69 victory over St. Joseph's in a Big Five game before 8,039 at the Liacouras Center. Lee, who also grabbed 11 rebounds, came up big at crunch time for the Owls (4-3, 2-0 Big Five)
November 23, 2013 |
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Clemson's top scorer, K.J. McDaniels, got going in the second half and proved too much for Temple in a 72-58 win over the Owls at TD Arena in the first round of the Charleston Classic Thursday night. Daniels finished with 20 points and eight rebounds as Clemson improved to 4-0. The Owls (1-3) will face Georgia at 7 p.m. Friday in the consolation bracket. Nemanja Djurisic had 19 points for the Bulldogs (1-2) in a 94-82 loss to Davidson (1-3). The Owls backcourt of junior Will Cummings and sophomore Quenton DeCosey proved difficult for the Tigers to handle in the first half, when the two guards combined for 20 first-half points.
November 15, 2013 |
TOWSON, Md. - Fran Dunphy watched his team fall apart in the game's last 9 minutes. After taking a seven-point lead, Temple looked crisp and on its way to a win. Instead, Temple suffered its second straight loss, 75-69, to Towson before 3,554 at SECU Arena last night. The Owls (1-2) played crisply for most of the game, but missed six consecutive field goals and committed four turnovers as the lead disappeared. "We panicked a little bit. I don't know that we're ready yet to win this game on the road against this particular group," Dunphy said.