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January 8, 2008 | By STEVE KING, kings@phillynews.com
When you spend most of your life towering above your peers, the only thing you grow to expect is people looking up to you. Nearly everyone has looked up to Lavoy Allen since the day he decided to pick up a basketball 5 years ago as a freshman at Pennsbury High School. They weren't looking up to him just because he stood more than 6 inches taller than everyone else. They were looking up to him with high expectations on the basketball court. "I think that year had to be the hardest time of my life.
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March 26, 1988
It would take a mathematician to compute the odds against two teams from the same city reaching the Final Eight in National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball. Whatever the odds are, you can be sure they are astronomical. That's a full fourth of the best teams in the country coming from the same place. The odds against Temple and Villanova advancing all the way to the Final Four, of course, would be virtually unthinkable, if it weren't for some past history. By tomorrow - after surprising Villanova upsets Oklahoma and No. 1 Temple humbles Duke - the unthinkable will have occurred.
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March 19, 1993 | by Mike Kern, Daily News Sports Writer
Temple probably didn't have any business being in the NCAA Tournament in the first place. The Owls start two freshmen on the back line, a sophomore point guard who didn't play the position in high school, two junior anchors who sat out the first season as Proposition 48 casualties. They don't have much depth and lost their only two seniors some 10 weeks ago to injury and academics. Yet, the seventh-seeded Owls (18-12) are in the second round after dumping 10th-seeded Missouri, 75-61, last night in a West Regional opener.
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December 2, 1993 | by Mike Kern, Daily News Sports Writer
John Chaney was right when he said his Owls didn't deserve to be ranked seventh in the nation before they had played their first game. They probably should have been rated higher. And after last night's impressive 73-59 win over No. 3 Kansas at Allen Field House, they figure to be. As opening statements go, it was quite a mouthful. The Owls seemed to pick up right where they left off last March, when they made a magical run in the NCAA Tournament and reached the Elite Eight.
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September 7, 2007
Temple's basketball team will open its Atlantic 10 season on Jan. 12 at Charlotte, one of the three conference teams the Owls play twice. Their conference home opener is Jan. 16 against defending champion Xavier. Temple also plays Saint Joseph's and Fordham twice. The Hawks visit the Liacouras Center on Jan. 26, and host the Owls at the Palestra on March 2. Temple and La Salle meet once, in the March 8 finale at the Gola Arena. The Owls open at Tennessee on Nov. 9 before heading to the eight-team Puerto Rico Tip-Off Classic, where they'll open against Providence.
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October 2, 2004 | By Kevin Tatum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Temple University has fired former Owls star Paul Palmer as a sideline reporter on its radio broadcast team for Temple football games. Palmer, a Temple Hall of Famer who holds the Owls' rushing record with 4,895 career yards, was in his fourth season in the role. Palmer worked Temple's game at Toledo last week. Although WPHT-AM (1210) carries Owls games live, the university coordinates and produces the radio broadcasts. The details surrounding Palmer's departure were unknown last night.
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September 26, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
TEMPLE GAVE UP way too many fourth-quarter points last season, which is one of the more blatant reasons it only won twice. Even worse, a lot of those points came at the very end. Without rehashing all the gory details, Fordham scored 10 in the closing 15 minutes. SMU had 24, Rutgers 14, Central Florida 17 and Connecticut 14. It added up to quite a toll. UConn, which was winless, ran back an interception with 4 1/2 minutes left, after tying things 3 minutes earlier. That was the Owls' next-to-last game, when they couldn't hold on to a 21-0 halftime lead at home.
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July 12, 1991 | by Mike Kern, Daily News Sports Writer
Temple basketball recruit Belefia Parks has achieved the necessary minimum score of 18 on his American College Test and is eligible to play for the Owls as a freshman. Parks, a 5-10 guard from Chicago's Simeon Vocational High School, averaged 20 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds last season and was an all-city selection. He is expected to provide at least backup help for junior Vic Carstarphen at the point position this season. Parks, who signed a national letter of intent with the Owls in May, is described as a "streetwise, heady-type" player by Taylor Bell, who covered him for the Chicago Sun-Times.
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November 21, 2011
KRISTEN McCARTHY had 11 points and 12 rebounds, Shey Peddy scored 13 and BJ Williams had 11 points and six assists, but Temple (2-2) dropped a 58-52 decision at Northern Illinois (2-1) yesterday. The Owls shot 34 percent from the field (3-for-15 threes), 65 percent from the free-throw line, and were outrebounded, 39-30. Temple heads to the Bahamas for the Junkanoo Jam Tournament over the Thanksgiving weekend, opening with sixth-ranked Texas A&M on Friday.  
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December 7, 2011
Brittany Lewis scored 14 points to lead Temple in a 68-33 rout of Kent State in women's basketball action last night at the Liacouras Center. Kristen McCarthy and Shey Peddy added 13 points apiece in a game Temple (4-5) never trailed as it took a 32-12 lead in the firsthalf, despite shooting 3-of-19 from the arc and just 41 percent from the field. Itziar Llobet was the only player in double figures for Kent State (1-6), finishing with 13 points. Diamon Beckford added nine.
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January 16, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
LAST FEBRUARY, an SMU team that was ranked 23rd made its first trip to the Liacouras Center and lost by seven to Temple, which uncharacteristically struggled its way through the inaugural season of American Athletic Conference hoops. It's the game that might have kept the Mustangs out of the NCAA Tournament. Wednesday night, former Sixers coach Larry Brown brought his guys back to North Broad Street for a matchup between two of the teams jockeying for early position behind first-place Tulane, which was picked to finish last in the preseason poll.
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January 16, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
On this night, an out-of-towner could walk into the Liacouras Center and run into one of Temple's coaches and say, "We need this one. " The same person could then bump into an SMU staffer using the exact same words. For mid-January, the stakes felt pretty high here on North Broad, since it's never too early to keep your head above water. When it was over, Larry Brown certainly knew the importance of what had just occurred. "We hadn't come back from a double-[digit] deficit . . . on the road in the second half against anybody - we hadn't handled adversity the way the big programs do," SMU's coach said afterward.
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January 13, 2015 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
DePAUL ARRIVED at Villanova Saturday as the only team unbeaten in Big East play. Midway through the second half, DePaul trailed 66-32. Records can be deceiving, as DePaul entered conference play on a six-game losing streak, including losses against Ohio, Illinois State and Loyola Marymount. There is nothing deceiving about Villanova, which played a near-perfect first half, opened up that 34-point lead before easing off the throttle to win, 81-64. How good were the Wildcats (15-1, 3-1 Big East)
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January 12, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Minutes after he limped into his team's locker room at the Liacouras Center on Saturday, Temple's Will Cummings reemerged in the gym and took a seat on the exercise bike. But Cummings' afternoon was over. The senior cocaptain soon was relegated to the bench, where he watched like everyone else as the Owls blew an 11-point second-half lead and snapped their six-game winning streak with a 63-56 loss to Tulsa. Cummings strained a muscle in the lower part of his left leg and is day to day, a team spokesman said.
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January 9, 2015 | BY SAM SPIEGELMAN, For the Daily News
NEW ORLEANS - Quenton DeCosey scored 15 points and grabbed five rebounds as Temple survived a poor-shooting first half en route to a 64-56 win over Tulane at Devlin Fieldhouse last night. Jesse Morgan and Will Cummings added 14 points each as the Owls (12-4, 3-0 AAC) won their sixth straight overall and third straight on the road. The win, said Morgan, showed Temple's grit in close-game situations. "We knew it would be a fight. It was a fight getting down here. We just wanted to stay poised and use each other as much as possible," he said.
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January 6, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
EVERY GAME can't be 10th-ranked Kansas in South Philly or at defending national champion Connecticut 9 days later. Sometimes the schedule insists that it has to be a Sunday afternoon against Central Florida, in Temple's American Conference home opener at the Liacouras Center. And the Owls (11-4, 2-0 American) continued to do what they've been doing for the last 3 weeks, which is take care of their business by handling the Knights (7-6, 0-2), 84-78, in a matchup they were never in danger of losing.
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January 4, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
It took all of 14 games for Temple to surpass its win total from last season's uncharacteristic nine-win campaign. Although that won't mean much if the Owls (10-4, 1-0) don't continue to play well through their American Athletic Conference slate, it might provide a bit of midseason validation for a team that in the offseason heavily emphasized improving on the defensive end. "It's a great feeling. It just lets us know that we're growing as a team," senior point guard Will Cummings said after practice Friday.
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January 2, 2015 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
WHEN YOU watch Villanova games these days, you get the sense that the Wildcats simply will find a way to win, no matter what. They don't exactly toy with the opponents, because this team doesn't play around. But they have a great confidence that must be very discouraging for the teams that try to beat them. This season, 13 teams have tried and none has succeeded. Butler was the latest, in the Big East opener Wednesday at the Pavilion. The Wildcats got the lead after 7 seconds, were tied for 22 seconds and controlled the game for 40 minutes, winning, 67-55.
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January 2, 2015 | By Howard Herman, For The Inquirer
HARTFORD, Conn. - Ending a 50-year stretch without a victory over Connecticut wasn't going to come easily for Temple on Wednesday afternoon. But come it did. Jesse Morgan had a game-high 17 points and the Temple defense shut out UConn over the final 4 minutes, 4 seconds of overtime to beat the Huskies, 57-53, in the American Athletic Conference opener for both teams. The Huskies had come into the game with a 6-3 lead in the series, and Temple last won against UConn on Jan. 29, 1964.
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December 30, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
TEMPLE DIDN'T get its ninth win last season until the next-to-last game. It's taken these Owls (9-4) 13. There's a difference. Six days after spanking No. 10 Kansas by 25 in South Philly they beat Delaware State (5-8), a team they had never played before, at the Liacouras Center, 66-56. It was their last nonconference game. On Wednesday afternoon they'll have their American opener at Connecticut (6-4), which in case anyone has forgotten is still the reigning national champion.
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