Temple Defeats Clemson 67-60 to Win Gildan Charleston Classic

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Temple was able to maintain their lead throughout the entire second half, despite a last-stick effort from Clemson, who was able to cut the lead to 4 with under two minutes to play.

 

The Owls historically live or die by the three ball, and they were able to knock down 10 from behind the arc. Even though they were able to hit 10 threes, they only shot 35% from behind the arc and 37% from the field. Josh Brown and Alani Moore each contributed three 3s. Brown ended with 13 points and Moore with 12.

 

In the Owl’s’ first two tournament matchups, they only saw big performances from Quinton Rose, Shizz Alston, and Obi Enechionyia. Their matchup against Clemson showed a rounder performance from Temple as a whole. Four Owls scored in double digits. Alston led with 14 points, followed by Brown with 13, Enechionyia and Moore with 12, and Rose rounded it out with 10 points. Quinton Rose recorded his first double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. He also led all Owls with 4 assists. Enechionyia went on to win Gildan Charleston Classic MVP averaging 15.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg, and 5 assist per game.

 

This is the first time the Owls have won the Gildan Classic in their third appearance. Aside from their victory in the 2016 NIT Tip-Off Tournament, where they went on to beat two ranked opponents in WVU and Florida St., this is the first regular season tournament victory for the Owls since the 1998-1999 season. Temple is starting off 3-0, which is their hottest start since the 2012-2013 season where they went on to a 6-0 start.

 

Temple will have a 6 day break to prepare for their next matchup and first Big 5 contest against La Salle. Tip off is set for 5 o’clock on November 26th.

Temple Takes Down ODU 76-65 for First Win of the Season

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After waiting an extra week to kick off their basketball season, the Owls did not seem out of stride one bit. They started strong from the beginning, and their hot start was able to hold them over during a bit of momentum spur from ODU in the final leg of the game.

 

Shizz Alston Jr. ended the 2016-2017 season as the leading scorer for the Owls, and after their first matchup he is making a campaign to be the leading scorer for Temple’s 2017-2018 as well. Alston dropped 23 points, going 7-13 from the field and 5-8 from behind the arc. He also grabbed 6 rebounds, but the guard was only able to contribute 2 assists and had a turnover on top of that.

 

The Owls saw strong performances from Obi Enechionyia and Quinton Rose as well. Enechionyia added 15 points,  6 rebounds, and a block. Rose, the promising sophomore guard, went 50% from the field dropping 20 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals.

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Despite strong performances from Alston, Enechionyia and Rose, no other Owls scored in double digits. Last season the Owls had 4 guys averaging 10 or more points. Aside from Josh Brown’s 7 points, Brown only going 1-6 from the field as well, four Owls combined for a total of 11 points.

 

Temple at times was able to put the Monarchs away. They led as much as 19 points, but the Owls allowed ODU to go on a 9-0 run to cut the lead to 1 point right around the 9 minute mark. Temple does have key veterans in their return such as Enechionyia and Alston. The rest of the team is still playing catch up on the experience level. As promising as Rose and Alani Moore II have proven to be, especially given their minutes played in their freshmen seasons, they are still only sophomores. Brown’s return as a fifth year senior is beneficial for the team, but Brown has not played for approximately one year. It showed on the floor. Although Brown picked up 5 rebounds, he only contributed 7 points and his assist to turnover ratio was 3:2. It might take him a few games into the season to iron out some of those kinks.

 

The Owls were able to close out on the Monarchs 76-65 in their first game of the year, and will advance to the second round of the Charleston classic. They will be taking on Auburn at 11 am on ESPN 2 on November 17.

Temple Kicks off Season vs. ODU in Charleston Classic

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While the rest of the college basketball world is three-four games deep into their seasons, Temple basketball is eagerly awaiting their tip off. The Owls are heading down to South Carolina to take on Old Dominion in The Charleston Classic.

 

Old Dominion is off to a hot start on their season. They are 2-0 after defeating Towson and James Madison. They held both opponents to under 55 points. Last season Temple was able to average 70 points per game with an offensive unit that was not too strong. Temple’s new found depth is surely looking to up the ante on the scoreboard.

Temple’s depth this season relies heavily on their guard rotation. The absence of Josh Brown last season, due to an achilles tendon injury, forced Temple’s younger guards to step up. Shizz Alston Jr. led the team in minutes played with 36.4 minutes played per game. Alani Moore and Quinton Rose each averaged about 25 minutes, as freshmen. With Brown back as the primary caretaker of the ball, the Owls are going to have more than enough weapons that can take care of the ball. That is not even factoring in Temple’s freshmen guards, Nate Pierre Louis and De’Vondre Perry. Both freshmen were high profile prospects, but their ability to transition from high school level competition to D1 will be tested in their matchup against the monarchs.

 

Despite having an arsenal of guards available, Temple’s height is surprisingly going to be a key for how they will be able to contest ODU. The Monarchs are returning their second leading rebounder, Brandon Stith. The redshirt senior averaged 7 rpg last season as a 6’ 7” forward. ODU only has one big guy that is over 6’7” that could potentially be trouble for the Owls. Trey Porter, a 6’10” redshirt junior is coming back, he averaged 4.8 rpg last season. Temple returns leading rebounder, Obi Enechionyia the 6’10” stretch-forward with a nasty jump shot. Enechionyia averaged  5.8 rpg. In addition to their multitude of guards, the Owls will have a nice rotation of  big men. Ernest Aflakpui stands at 6’10” and is hungry on the boards, he averaged 5 rpg. Sophomore, Damion Moore, the 6’11” center will be vying for minutes with Aflakpui. Temple’s presence under the rim should be able to help them increase their ability to rebound as a whole this season.

 

Although ODU is returning 3 out of their 5 top scorers from their previous season, Temple is returning 4 out of their top 5, including their number 1 and number 2. In addition to Josh Brown who redshirted last season. Shizz Alston Jr. led the team in points with 13.9 ppg and Enechionyia followed with 13.1. Their sophomore guards are expected to contribute to the Owls’ offense even more this season. Rose averaged 10.1 ppg and Moore II 6.5.

 

The action kicks off at 1:30 on ESPN3.

Owls Fall to Wildcats Despite Tough Fight

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By: Ashley Mir

On Friday the 13th, the Owls hosted an intense game against the Villanova Wildcats. Despite the tough fight Villanova took full advantage of all opportunities on the field and owned the game, leaving the Owls at 4-9-0.

 

From the first whistle, Wildcats took possession. The Owls retaliated with strong double-teams and block tackles to contain Nova. The Wildcats scored off of a deflected shot on their first offensive corner.

Temple bounced back with a fast-break down the field. Nova held forceful defense and took possession once again as the Owls’ defense broke down in their defensive circle, allowing the Wildcats to score again.

 

The Owls were relentless. Constant communication between the midfielders and forward line allowed efficient passes down the field. Lucy Reed scored Temple’s first and only goal of the game in the 27th minute off of a rebound. With less than five minutes remaining in the first half, Nova obtained a penalty stroke, leaving the Owls down 3-1 at halftime.

 

Temple put immense pressure on Nova’s defense for most of the second half. They forced 4 offensive corners, searching for opportunities to score.

 

Despite the intensity level the Owls played, Nova took control and now stand at 5-8. The Wildcats held possession most of the game, ending with 22 shots on goal and Temple with 14. Being down by 2 goals early in the game had a major impact on Temple’s outcome.

 

The Owls’ next game is another home advantage. Temple will take on Penn this Sunday, October 15th at 2 P.M. The Owls are focused on improving their record.

Women’s Volleyball Splits Weekend Games

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By: Ben Medland

 

Friday, September 22, 2017, vs. Wichita State, L 1-3

The Temple Owls had a tough matchup against Wichita State, on September 22, who is ranked 24th in the nation.  They managed to steal a set from the Shockers, and kept the first and third sets very close.  Unfortunately, the Owls could not get ahead in this one and fell to 4-5 on the season and 0-1 in the conference.  Izzy Rapacz had a career high of 21 kills and added three blocks to her column.  Irem Asci also had a stellar performance with a double-double in this match, totalling for 14 kills and 13 digs.  Additionally, Kyra Coundourides had led both teams in assists in the game with 59.  Despite the dominating performances by the Owls, it wasn’t enough to pull them in front of the nationally ranked Shockers.

 

Sunday, September 24, 2017, vs. Memphis, W 3-0

The Owls looked to bounce back two days later with a Sunday afternoon showdown against Memphis.  Sitting at 0-1 in the conference ahead of the game, they hoped to get their first conference win.  The Owls got out to an early dominate lead, winning the first set 25-17.  The women easily took the next two sets from the Tigers with the scores of 25-16 and 25-15.  The Owls coasted their way to their first conference win of the season.  Another great game by Coundourides, who put in a double-double with 38 assists and 17 digs.  Irem Asci continued her recent success with a double-double of her own for the second game in a row, with 11 kills and 13 digs.  Izzy Rapacz hit .350 and led both teams in blocks with six in the game.  This crucial win put the team at .500 for the season in both their overall record and conference record.  At 5-5 on the season, the team looks for this moment to be a turning point in the season.

 

Weekend Star- Kyra Coundourides

Kyra Coundourides has been dominating the court recently.  In the two games she had a combined 97 assists and 25 digs.  She recorded a double-double on September 24, making that her fourth on the season.  Her recent dominance has not been unnoticed, as her and Izzy Rapacz, were both named to the weekly honor roll for the American Athletic Conference on September 25. Kyra is in her last year at Temple after transferring from Virginia Tech in her junior year, and looks to finish off her collegiate career with the best year yet.  So far, Coundourides sits in first on the team in assists with 264.  She also sits in third on the team in digs with 81.  With her recent dominance in assists, she looks to top last year’s total of 1253 assists.

Looking Ahead

Sitting at a record of 5-5, the team looks ahead to the beginning of October with two key matches.  They play East Carolina on Friday, October 6, and then face off against Cincinnati, two days later on Sunday, October 8.  Both of these matches will be played at McGonigle Hall.  East Carolina currently sit at a record of 9-5, and are coming off of a win against South Florida.  This game should be an evenly contested game for the team, despite their records.  Temple has played up to their competition pretty well.  They gave a nationally ranked team a run for their money and took one set from them.  The Owls have also beat a great Memphis team three sets to none.  East Carolina beat a South Florida team who is 4-7 and still dropped one set.

The Owls will then host the Cincinnati Bears on Sunday, October 8 at 1 pm.  The Bears are coming off of two straight wins, but have a season record of 4-10.  This match should not be taken lightly for the Owls, as anything can happen in conference games.  If the Owls can just continue on their great team work and play as a unified team like they have been, then this game should not be a problem.

The Owls need to get out to a couple wins in the near future and start a good winning streak if they want to make a run for the playoffs.  At this point in the season, wins are crucial and very necessary in this tough conference.

Field Hockey tops Sacred Heart 3-2 in OT Victory

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By: Ashley Mir

After a tough fight, the Owls fell to the Uconn Huskies 4-1, whom are ranked no.1 in the country, in their Friday night lights matchup.  However, that didn’t kill the Owls’ drive when they hosted the Sacred Heart Pioneers on Sunday afternoon.

 

Temple brought intensity to the turf. The Owls took control right away, forcing an offensive corner in the first five minutes of the game. They fought hard to keep the ball in their hands, but it was a continuous back and forth battle for possession through most of the first half. Toward the end of the second half, a penalty stroke was given to the Pioneers where Nicole Tolley scored their first goal, leaving the Owls down 1-0 at the half.

 

Sacred Heart had the lead for the second half. On their third defensive corner of the game, the Pioneers scored another goal. Just 34 seconds later, Temple responded on an offensive corner, where Sarah Keer and Maddie Merton brought the score to 2-1. With eight minutes left in the game, sophomore, Becky Gerheart, tied the game with an assist from sophomore, Kathryn Edgar.

 

Momentum carried  throughout the field and stands heading into overtime. After four clean passes down the field, Edgar passed a corner ball to Rachel Mueller for the winning shot on goal, giving the Owls a 3-2 victory over Sacred Heart.

 

Player of the Game:

 

Becky Gerheart played an outstanding, intense game against Sacred Heart. Each time the team lost control, Gerheart was there to keep the focus. Gerheart stepped up to each and every ball and anticipated passes. She had several exceptional defensive saves and scored the second goal on an offensive corner. No matter the pressure, Gerheart never gave up and played strong for the full 70 minutes plus over time.

 

Looking Ahead:

 

Next up, the Owls will travel to the nation’s capital to take on the Georgetown Hoyas on September 29th at 2:00 p.m. Georgetown currently stands at 5-5-0. If the Owls manage to shut Georgetown, they could improve to 4-6.

 

Temple Volleyball Falls to Nova, Owls Look to Bounce Back vs. Wichita State

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By: Ben Medland 

Last Game: September 15, 2017 at Villanova

The Owls fell to a record of 4-4 on the season as they lost an away match last Friday night. The Owls fought hard and managed to steal one set from the Villanova Wildcats.  Stellar performances were turned in by Irem Asci, who kept the sets close, with 19 kills and 3 aces. Iva Deak also scored double digits in kills with 10, along with 5 blocks.  Asci and Deak played hard and helped the team dominate the court against the Wildcats.  However, their performances were not enough to carry the team to their fifth victory of the season, as they fell 3-1.  Temple has dropped from no. 8 to no.12 in the nation in blocks per set.

Standout Star: Irem Asci

Irem Asci has been putting in great performances in recent games.  She, stuffed the stat sheet against Villanova and in their game against Boston College, where she had 10 kills and 10 digs.  The outside hitter looks to increase her total of kills, as she sits second on the team for kills with 64.  Some other season totals for Asci include, 47 digs, 10 blocks and 5 assists.  She currently leads the team in kills per set, averaging 2.91 kills per set.  Asci is looking to get back to her dominate role, like she had in 2015, where she lead the team in kills per set with 3.68.  

Next Game: Friday, September 22, 2017, against #24 Wichita State, 7 pm

The Owls face off against the Wichita State Shockers, for the first time in the school’s history.  The Shockers joined the AAC for the 2017-18 school year, and have been playing outstanding thus far in the new conference.  The team currently sits at a record of 8-3 and is ranked at 24th in the nation, the second time this season that the team has been ranked.  The Shockers are coming off of a huge weekend where they went 1-1 against two tough nationally ranked teams.  The team won a crucial game against #8 Creighton, 3-1, but fell in the second game when they could not manage to steal a set from #19, Iowa State.  The Shockers look to continue their recent success, with a win tonight in Philadelphia.  However, the Temple Owls, are desperate for a win as they look to start another win-streak tonight. So far this season, the Owls are 1-0 at home, and look to stay undefeated tonight on their home court. The Owls need to shut down Wichita State’s Tabitha Brown, and Abbie Lehman who both have a lot of kills this season.  If the Owls can continue with their “block party” and shut down key players for the Shockers, then they should have no problem jumping to 5-4  this season.  The Owls may have a little trouble if they can’t eliminate the early successful hitting by the Shockers.

 

Obi Enechionyia Declared for NBA Draft

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Obi Enechionyia declared for the NBA draft Wednesday, but did not hire an agent.

This gives Obi the opportunity to test the waters in the draft, and see what his stock is for this year’s draft. He has up until 10 days after the combine in mid-May to withdraw his name from the draft. If he doesn’t withdraw his name at this point, he will no longer be eligible to come back to Temple for his senior season. Also, if Obi does hire an agent, he loses eligibility for his senior season, no matter if he withdraws his name.

Obi averaged 13.1 points per game, five rebounds, and 1.5 blocks last season. All three were the highest averages of his career. He drew a lot of attention early in the season, as he averaged over 20 points per game in the first two weeks. And I think we all remember that St. Joe’s game when he took over and put up 26 points and shot 50% from the three point line. He scored 20 points just once throughout the rest of the season in the AAC tournament a couple weeks ago against ECU.

He has a just about a month and a half to decide as to whether he will return to North Broad for his senior season and help the Owls attempt to get back to the NCAA tournament. It will be interesting to see how he measures up as a big man that can get out and shoot in a guard-heavy draft.

Gone To Soon: Seniors Getting Ready to Fly Away

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As the 2016-2017 season is coming to a close, the team is getting ready to send off their seniors. Here’s a look at who the Owls will be without in the following season.

 

DAN DINGLE:

Dan Dingle has been the leader on and off the court this season. After inheriting the most experienced position due to the injury of Josh Brown. The fifth year senior from the Bronx took on the added responsibility with humbleness an

Dan Dingle drives by defender

d determination. His consistency throughout the season has been the backbone for this team, and he has been able to guide this young team through an up and down season. Dingle is mentioned in almost every category in the conference for statistic leaders this season. He sits in the AAC Top 20 for scoring (12.5 ppg), assists (3.5 pg), 3-pointers made (53), and assist to turnover ratio (2.5:1). He is number 7 in the conference for 3 pt. % at 38.4 percent and number 5 for minutes played at 35.6 minutes played per game. Throughout his time at Temple, Dingle has accumulated 730 points, 354 rebounds, 214 assists, 58 steals, and 53 blocks. All that, despite medically redshirting his second year at Temple due to a torn meniscus. The senior captain has started every game this season, and has played a total of 93 games in the Cherry and the White. Dingle will go on to receive his Master’s Degree this May.

 

Mark Williams:

Mark Williams has embraced the vocal leader position on the team with joy. Despite not being “that guy” in crucial minutes of the game on the floor, the senior has been able to lead moral and offer quality advise to this young team. Williams is from the great “Land” (Cleveland, Ohio) like Lebron James himself. In William’s fourth start of the season against the Tulane Green Wave, the senior shined. He led the team the majority of the game and into the first OT, until fouling out.
He ended his last game in the Liacouras Center with 20 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists. Williams has tallied 535 points, 339 rebounds, and 108 assists for the Temple Owls over his career.

Mike Robbins:

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Mike Robbins definitely received the warmest welcome on Senior Day. The redshirt reserve from Lower Merion has one of the most interesting journeys among this senior class. He started off at St. John’s University, not playing basketball, and then transferred to a community college in Philadelphia after his first semester. It wasn’t until the 2014-2015 season that he made his way to Broad Street to earn a walk on spot on the team. He recorded 11 minutes in his first season, and partly due to a concussion, he recorded only 7 minutes last season. In his final season at Temple, one which he was awarded a scholarship, Robbins played in 15 games for a total of 117 minutes.

 

Josh Brown?

Throughout the offseason and well into the extent of this 2016-2017 season, Josh Brown has been a question mark on the Owl’s roster. After suffering an Achilles Tendon injury in the off season, the fourth year point guard has been itchin

Josh Brown bringing the ball up in 74-65 Win Over DePaul

g to get back on the court. After making a season debut on the road against St. Joe’s and playing in 4 games after his comeback, the indications of Brown trying to redshirt were be

ginning to fade away. That is until he did not suit up for Conference opener against Cincinnati…or any game after that. After leading the AAC in minutes played for the majority of the 2015-2016 season, Brown has only recorded 107 minutes on the season and 0 minutes in the AAC. With the season coming to a close, and Brown not being recognized on Senior Day, indications of him sticking around for a fifth year are plausible.

 

Seniors Go Out with a Bang in 86-76 Double OT Victory Against Tulane

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“I’m happy for them individually, for their families, and for the rest of the team too, that we were able to get a win,” said Fran Dunphy after a back and forth battle to the end against Tulane. Dunphy was able to commend his seniors on their hard work throughout the years, as well as their hard work in their last game at the Liacouras Center.

 

Temple may have won by double digits, but this game went down to the wire…twice. The Owls led the 50-minute contest for 42:31, but in the final minutes of regulation found themselves trailing the Green Wave. After Shizz Alston Jr. knocked in the offensive rebound to put the game into OT, the Owls were able to contain Tulane enough to grind out an 86-76 win in the second overtime.

 

Thank You Seniors:

For Dan Dingle, Mark Williams, and Mike Robbins, this was their last chance to ball out on Broad Street. Each of the seniors had considerably large games, and were all able to have a meaningful impact on the game. Mike Robbins, the walk on reserve, had a career high in minutes played with 22 minutes. He dropped 7 points (3-4 FG%) and grabbed 4 rebounds. Dan Dingle had a standard game, he contributed 13 points and had 8 rebounds. Dingle also played all of 3 minutes in the extended game. Mark Williams is the senior that shined. In his first start of the season, Williams went out firing. He led the Owls on the offensive for the majority of the game before fouling out in the second OT. He notched 20 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks.

 

Shizz Still Sizzlin’:

It may have been senior day, but Shizz Alston still led all players on the court. The sophomore guard tapped in the put back that sent the game into its initial overtime. Alston recorded 25 points on the night, but he picked up 13 of those points in overtime alone. He also had 8 rebounds, 2 steals, 5 assists and no turnovers.

 

Too Close for Comfort:

Temple fans are getting too familiar with these close games. In Temple’s last 3 matchups they have all been decided by the final seconds of the game. Temple has had 12 games decided by 6 or less points, in addition to their 10-point victory over Tulane in double overtime. Both teams shot the ball exactly 76 times, but Temple was 40.8% from the field (31-76) while Tulane was only 30.3% (23-76). The Green Wave did have several chances to secure a win, especially from the free throw line. They went to the line 33 times, and 29 times in regulation alone. Temple went to the line only 20 times in the entirety of the game, making it to the line only 8 times in regulation.

 

Catch Them Next:

With an 86-76 victory, the Owls are now 6-11 in the AAC, and 15-15 overall. They are looking to continue this momentum into their last game against USF on Sunday March 5th at 2:00 pm.