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March 27, 2015 | BY SHAMUS CLANCY, Daily News Staff Writer clancys@phillynews.com
WILL CUMMINGS took the court at the Liacouras Center last night for the final time. Fifty-six games; 586 points. Innumerable covers of Reel Big Fish's "Sell Out" from the Temple band. It's all over for Cummings on North Broad Street after Temple's 77-59 win over Louisiana Tech in the NIT, propelling the Owls to Madison Square Garden for the semifinals on Tuesday against Miami. Cummings went out the same way he spent those previous 55 career home games: dropping buckets and dimes, while leaving Temple's opponent wondering at all times where he was on the court.
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March 26, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Will Cummings has been asked to lead this year's Temple team in a variety of ways, and the 6-foot-2 senior point guard has certainly complied. Lead on the floor. Lead off the floor. When the team faced its biggest adversity of the season? Cummings was there to address the masses. It's difficult to comprehend a more thorough leader than Cummings, who has never been the most boisterous person. In fact, he has had to work on being vocal. And even though his teammates listen attentively, Cummings would much rather lead with just the basketball in his hands.
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March 24, 2015 | BY SHAMUS CLANCY, Daily News Staff Writer clancys@phillynews.com
ALL OF LAST YEAR, Jesse Morgan waited. The transfer from UMass sat idle as Temple suffered through a 9-22 season - the program's most losses ever - hoping for a chance to contribute in his native Philadelphia after spending three seasons with the Minutemen. The Olney High graduate scored a career-high 20 points yesterday in the Owls' 90-77 victory over George Washington (22-13) in a second-round NIT game at the Liacouras Center. "It's good, man, to get back home in Philly and play in front of all of your friends and family, play with some terrific guys like Jaylen [Bond]
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March 19, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
What: NIT first round Who: No. 8 seed Bucknell (19-14) at No. 1 Temple (23-10) When: Wednesday at 7 p.m. Where: Liacouras Center. TV/Radio: ESPN3/WPHT-1210 AM Coaches: Bucknell, Dave Paulsen (21st season, 396-213, 7th season at Bucknell, 134-93); Temple, Fran Dunphy (26th season, 500-270, 9th season at Temple, 190-107). All-time series: Temple leads 29-5. The Owls have won 10 in a row. Last meeting: Temple won, 80-54, on Jan. 6, 1982. Most recent game: Bucknell lost to Lafayette in the Patriot League semifinals, 80-74, on March 8. Temple lost in the American Athletic Conference semifinals to SMU, 69-56, on March 14. What's next: The winner advances to meet the winner of the game between No. 5 George Washington and No. 4 Pittsburgh.
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March 17, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
FRAN DUNPHY paced around the practice floor at Pearson-McGonigle Hall, Temple's practice facility, while most of the rest of the college basketball world was fixated on the televised NCAA Tournament selection show. He didn't care to watch. His team, however, sat inside the film room, watched and awaited its fate. "I was walking around the gym, just hoping that I would hear a roar of sorts or that my phone would blow up," Dunphy said. The roar never came, and the only phone call would come from the National Invitation Tournament - Temple (23-10)
NEWS
March 17, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Fran Dunphy could not watch. Instead, the Temple coach walked around his team's practice facility waiting for a roar from his players or a buzz from his phone, signs that his Owls had been counted among the 68 chosen for the NCAA tournament. Neither one ever came. The selection committee had deemed Temple as being unworthy of an invitation to its big dance. That, of course, did not mean the Owls were unworthy. It just meant the committee did not think they were and any committee that has the letters NCAA attached to it has a pretty good chance of being wrong.
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March 16, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
HARTFORD, Conn. - Now comes the hard part for Temple. The wait until the NCAA tournament selection show Sunday evening is assured to be tense after a 69-56 loss to top-seeded Southern Methodist in the American Athletic Conference semifinals Saturday at the XL Center. The fourth-seeded Owls (23-10) must sweat it out to see whether they will earn the seventh NCAA bid in coach Fran Dunphy's nine seasons. "There is great angst, great angst," Dunphy said. He said he hadn't thought much about it because he was preparing for each game, but now it is all that will be on his mind until the selection show.
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March 15, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
HARTFORD, Conn. - The risks and rewards were out there on the floor at the XL Center, with Temple's season on the line. A trainer had walked over and whispered in Fran Dunphy's ear, confirming what the Owls coach already had suspected, that power forward Jaylen Bond was done for the afternoon with a sprained ankle. For the last 9 minutes, 34 seconds of Friday's American Athletic Conference quarterfinal against Memphis, the Owls stuck to four guards and a freshman forward on the court, their NCAA hopes maybe contingent on how that worked out. Was such a lineup a no-brainer for Dunphy?
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March 15, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
HARTFORD, Conn. - Temple passed yesterday's quiz. Now, can it ace today's killer midterm? The Owls took care of Memphis, 80-75, in a game that was part American Athletic Conference quarterfinal and part meat grinder. It was Fran Dunphy's 500th coaching victory and, more urgently, critical for Temple's NCAA Tournament hopes. "It was great, just paying back coach Dunphy for giving us all scholarships," senior guard Will Cummings joked. "It's great just being here from my 4 years, we've kind of been bounced out the first round of our conference tournaments every year.
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March 13, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
HARTFORD, Conn. - The way Vince Curran remembers, it wasn't a basketball practice. It was a rugby scrum. A 90-minute boot camp because Fran Dunphy, then the Penn coach, was sick of seeing his Quakers getting pushed around. This was the winter of 1992, Dunphy's third season as a college coach, at some high school gym in Providence, R.I. The Quakers had lost the previous night at Yale to slip to 3-4 in the Ivy. They were slated for a morning shootaround ahead of that night's game against Brown.
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