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March 4, 2013 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple has made five consecutive NCAA tournament appearances in part because it always seems to have a solid scoring option off the bench. Jake O'Brien is filling that role for the Owls this season. The 6-foot-9 forward, who transferred from Boston University, is the team's fourth-leading scorer at 9.1 points per game. Starting in place of injured post player Anthony Lee (hip pointer), O'Brien finished with 16 points, a season-high 10 rebounds, and three blocked shots in Saturday's 76-70 victory over Rhode Island at the Liacouras Center.
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December 5, 2012 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
For Jake O'Brien, the adjustment from being a Boston University Terrier to a Temple Owl is huge. O'Brien transferred to North Broad Street this fall from BU, where as a freshman he was America East rookie of the year. With the 5-0 Owls, the 6-foot-9 forward is a role-playing sixth man. And that's fine with him. "I just have to be ready for that call," said the graduate student, whose Owls face Villanova in Wednesday's Big 5 game at the Pavilion. "I have to be ready at all times.
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March 19, 2013 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
Time and TV money will tell whether the great college basketball conference shuffle leaves Temple better or worse off than they have been in the Atlantic Ten Conference. Once again, on Sunday, the Owls' A-10 membership helped deliver a berth in the NCAA tournament. Not only did Fran Dunphy's team get in for the sixth consecutive year, Temple was awarded a surprisingly high No. 9 seed. For all the tears shed over the end of the Big East as we've known it, the A-10 is changing every bit as much.
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March 24, 2013 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Scootie Randall must have a big game in order for ninth-seeded Temple to defeat top seed Indiana in Sunday's East Regional third-rounder at University Dayton Arena. When the swingman is on, the ninth-seeded Owls (24-9) are tough to beat. Let's face it: His backcourt mate Khalif Wyatt will get his points win or lose. But Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson and Jake O'Brien benefit when Randall scores. That's because teams have to account for Randall, leaving O'Brien open to make uncontested three-pointers or take advantage of mismatches.
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June 8, 2011
Jake O'Brien won 11 of 14 faceoffs and A. J. Simon was sharp in goal as St. Joseph's Prep posted its easiest PIAA state tournament victory Tuesday with a 15-5 triumph over Mount Lebanon in the semifinals. The Hawks (19-4), winners of the District 12 title, will face District 1 champ Conestoga for the state championship at 3 p.m. Saturday at HersheyPark Stadium. The senior-dominated Hawks, who start eight 12th graders, were led by Anthony Marini's four goals, Jeff Heath's three scores, and Jeff Watts' two goals and three assists in a balanced attack that produced goals from eight players.
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February 24, 2013 | By Bill Kiser, FOR THE INQUIRER
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Scootie Randall scored 18 points and Temple had its best defensive game of the season in beating Charlotte, 71-51, in an Atlantic Ten Conference game Sunday afternoon. Khalif Wyatt added 12 points and Jake O'Brien 10 for the Owls (19-8, 8-5), who held the 49ers to 27.4 percent shooting (17 of 62) and 1 of 12 on three-pointers en route to their third straight win. The win moved Temple into a tie for sixth in the A-10 standings with Xavier, one game behind third-place Butler and La Salle (both 9-5)
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November 17, 2010 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
For Boston University coach Patrick Chambers, the second round of the NIT Season Tip-Off will be a special occasion. The Terriers knocked off George Washington, 76-67, Tuesday night in the tournament's first round to earn a date Wednesday night with Villanova, where Chambers spent four years on Jay Wright's staff, the final one as associate head coach. "You never want to go against a friend," Chambers said. "I love him. He gave me an opportunity, my first job, and I'll be forever grateful.
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January 25, 2013 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple has looked shaky and discombobulated against teams that are supposed to be inferior competition. There was a thought that Temple, despite being a 20-point favorite, would produce another lackluster performance Wednesday night against Penn. And that's exactly what happened as the Owls escaped with an unimpressive, 76-69 victory at the Liacouras Center. "We are happy that we won," Temple guard Khalif Wyatt said. "It's better than losing. We are not happy with the way we are playing right now. But we will take the win. " If not for Wyatt, the Owls (13-5, 2-0 Big Five)
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March 10, 2013 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
The day Temple has dubbed "Super Sunday" is here. The Owls seniors and graduate students will be honored in a senior day ceremony before the regular-season finale against 21st-ranked Virginia Commonwealth at the Liacouras Center. At halftime, Temple will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its 1987-88 squad. Arguably the greatest team in school history, the '87-88 Owls were the nation's top-ranked team at the end of the regular season. They advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament and finished with a 32-2 record.
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November 9, 2013 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
How appropriate that the summer of 2013 saw the Temple men's basketball team embark on a nine-day European trip. As the young Owls walked the Avenue des Champs-Elysees and later toured the Coliseum in Rome, they were exposed to cultures, languages, and customs they had never encountered. As new as that experience was, so, too, will be the 2013-14 season for the Owls. In their eighth season under coach Fran Dunphy, the Owls face an uphill battle in extending their string of six consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.
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March 26, 2013 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
DAYTON, Ohio - Scootie Randall made no excuses. In the biggest game of his career, the Temple swingman turned in his worst shooting performance Sunday. On an afternoon when Khalif Wyatt desperately needed a co-star, Randall missed all 12 of his shots from the floor. The 6-foot-6, 225-pound recent graduate had plenty of good looks at the basket. But they just didn't fall, and top-ranked Indiana posted a 58-52 come-from-behind NCAA East Regional victory over the ninth-seeded Owls.
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March 26, 2013 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
DAYTON, Ohio - Thanks, but all the pretty words weren't helping Khalif Wyatt. Indiana coach Tom Crean praised the Temple senior's spectacular performance. Victor Oladipo, the lottery-pick-to-be tasked with guarding him, called Wyatt a "great player. " His own coach and teammates piled on the compliments. Words. They weren't going to send Wyatt to the Sweet 16. They couldn't change the fact that his incredible 62-point weekend marked the end of his college career. "It really doesn't do anything for me, not right now at least," Wyatt said Sunday afternoon.
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March 26, 2013 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
DAYTON, Ohio - Temple's latest setback in the NCAA tournament will sting for a while. This was a game the Owls had every opportunity to win. Temple guard Khalif Wyatt had one of the tournament's best individual performances Sunday, scoring 31 points for the second consecutive game. And with the Owls leading top-seeded Indiana in the East Regional, Temple was 2 minutes, 57 seconds away from one of the biggest upsets in school history. But the Hoosiers scored the game's final 10 points en route to a 58-52 victory over the ninth-seeded Owls in a third-round game at the University of Dayton Arena.
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March 25, 2013 | By Ed Barkowitz, Daily News Staff Writer
DAYTON, Ohio - When you carry around an 800-pound gorilla, he's not so easy to discard. Temple came to Dayton bearing the burden of recent NCAA Tournament failure, and although the Owls led by as many as 18, they escaped with a 76-72 win over North Carolina State on Friday. Temple (24-9), the East Region's ninth seed, will play Indiana on Sunday. The Hoosiers, the region's top seed, made quick work of James Madison, 83-62. Temple senior Khalif Wyatt gutted out a thumb injury by making all six of his free-throw attempts in the final 33 seconds.
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March 24, 2013 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
DAYTON, Ohio - Scootie Randall pounded his hands together and celebrated while exiting the court. Khalif Wyatt relished the thought of not having to answer for yet another first-round loss. Temple showed that it wasn't destined for another quick exit from the NCAA tournament. After nearly squandering an 18-point cushion, the ninth-seeded Owls held on for a 76-72 second-round East Regional victory over ninth-seeded North Carolina State on Friday at the University of Dayton Arena. Temple (24-9)
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March 24, 2013 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Scootie Randall must have a big game in order for ninth-seeded Temple to defeat top seed Indiana in Sunday's East Regional third-rounder at University Dayton Arena. When the swingman is on, the ninth-seeded Owls (24-9) are tough to beat. Let's face it: His backcourt mate Khalif Wyatt will get his points win or lose. But Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson and Jake O'Brien benefit when Randall scores. That's because teams have to account for Randall, leaving O'Brien open to make uncontested three-pointers or take advantage of mismatches.
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March 23, 2013 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dayton, Ohio - Scootie Randall pounded his hands together and celebrated while exiting the court. Khalif Wyatt relished the thought of not having to answer for yet another first-round loss.   Temple showed that it wasn't destined for another quick exit from the NCAA tournament Friday at the Dayton arena. After nearly squandering an 18-point cushion, the ninth-seeded Owls held on for a 76-72 second-round East Regional victory over ninth-seeded North Carolina State.   Temple (24-9)
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March 23, 2013 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
DAYTON, Ohio - What's different now compared with the 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2012 NCAA tournaments - which all ended in opening-round setbacks for Temple? "Other times we've been here, it seems like we might be happy just to be here," Owls senior guard Khalif Wyatt said. "I don't think that's the feeling this time around. I think guys are focused, and the main goal is to try to get a win, get some wins. " That was evident in the demeanor that Temple, seeded ninth in the East Regional, displayed at Thursday's news conference and in the locker room.
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