Owls Keep Hope Alive with Huge Win Against USF

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Philadelphia, PA – The Owls (13-1, 4-7) are still fighting to make a run at the AAC tournament with another conference win against the USF Bulls (6-15, 0-11).

Temple did not let the Bulls get any confidence as they jumped out to a early 9-0 run shooting 4/6 from behind the arc in the first 6 minutes. This became arguably the best half Temple has played all season shooing 62% from the field.

Daniel Dingle put the team on his back and led the charge from the start finishing with a career high 22 pts,4 rebs,4 ast including 6/7 from the three point line . With seven games left in the season and a spot in the conference tournament in sight Dingle says, “We can go into conference play and win out, I really believe that.”  Shizz Alston Jr. the AAC leader in Assist/Turnover Ratio and Temple leading scorer has continued his strong play with 14 pts and 7ast.

USF made a 2nd half run cutting the lead to 11 at the 5 minute mark but that was as close as they got. USF PG G. Thorpe did his best to give USF a fighting chance with 23 pts, 6 ast, 4 rebs.

Coach Dunphy and the Owls prepare for another home conference game Thursday, February 9th against one of the toughest teams in the AAC, the SMU Mustangs (20-4,10-1). Junior F Semi Ojeleye with averages of 17.7 pts and 6.7 rebs per game has been one of the best players in the AAC this season and should give the Owls everything they can handle.


Moore, MOORE MOORE! The Owls Hold on for Another Win

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Philadelphia, Pa- The Owls (9-4) took on the Yale Bulldogs (6-5) in their first game against each other in over a 100 years and they didn’t disappoint either. In a game that went down to the wire Temple pulled out a 83-77 win.

With Senior Guard Josh Brown out for the game (soreness) Freshman PG Alani Moore took over accordingly. He started off scoring by scoring 15 points in the 1st half including four straight triples to start the game. He finished with a career high 26 points to lead Temple to the win. Moore is only scratching the surface of his potential which should be concerning for the rest of the AAC. Sophomore Shizz Alson Jr. quietly continues to show amazing growth after his up and down Freshman year putting together another good game with 16 points and 7 assists. The Yale Bulldogs Guard Miye Oni did his best to keep up with Moore and Alston by having a all around game of 15 points 6 rebounds and 5 assists.

The 2nd half saw Temple Senior Forward Daniel Dingle shake his first half shooting struggles and takeover scoring 13 of his 19 points in the period. The Owls have been showing they are able to overcome O Enechionyia’s shooting woes as they continue. He’s gone (22/89) the past 6 games also leaving the game early tonight with a undisclosed injury. Obi battled down low with Yale big man Sam Downey the whole game, Downey was a huge problem for Temple and big presence for Yale finishing with 15 points and 17 rebounds channeling his inner Kevin Love .

Defensively they showed some of great work keeping Yale 7-23 from the 3 Point Line and keeping every player with the exception of Jordan Bruner under 50% from the field. TU clearly won the game on the Free Throw line going (28-30) despite getting out rebounded 44-42.

The Owls (9-4) get a long needed holiday break but will be back in action at home in the Liacouras Center, December 28th against nationally ranked #24 Cincinnati (8-3) which will also be shown on ESPN U.



Enechionyia and Rose Putting the AAC on Notice

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Temple's Quentin Rose (13) drives past West Virginia's Nathan Adrian (11) during an NCAA college basketball game in the final of the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament in New York, Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)Philadelphia, PA – Temple men’s basketball Junior Obi Enechionyia and Freshman Quinton Rose were honored with two American Athletic Conference weekly awards on Nov. 28th.

Junior Obi Enechionyia was awarded as the NCCA.com, AAC and Big 5 Player of the week; averaging 19 points per game 10 rebounds and 5.5 blks in two wins last week at the NIT Tip-Off Tournament. The Owls won the NIT Tip-Off, their first regular season title since 1998. The Owls took down two nationally ranked teams in No. 25 Florida State and No. 19 West Virginia en route to the title.

Freshman Quinton Rose has been quite a surprise off the bench for the Owls, earning his second AAC Freshman of the Week honors. Rose averaged 19 points per game in the NIT Tip-Off tournament, scoring a career high 26 points in the Florida State victory. It’s safe to say Rose has been the surprise of the season thus far.

The Owls (4-2,1-0) will be playing against Philadelphia Big 5 rival St. Joesph’s (3-2, 0-0) in stadium Hagan Arena, tonight at 7 p.m.

Owl’s Keep Playoff Hopes Alive By The Slimmest of Margins

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Philadelphia, Pa – 110 minutes of double overtime play saw no official winner with the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes (7-4-4) and Temple Owls (9-5-2) ending with a tied score of 1-1. A win is what the Owls wanted but a loss is something their conference playoff hopes wouldn’t have been able to digest.

Through about 80 minutes of play the Owls saw their playoff hopes slipping away slowly but surely. After a Goal by Tulsa’s Kay Duit, in the sixth minute of play with a assist from Munashe Raraje, Temple played from behind the rest of the way. The Owls out-shot the Hurricanes 8-1 in the first half but could’t find the goal.

Temple’s own Jordan Wix Rauch responded with his first goal of the season and the biggest goal of the game in the 87th minute. He fired his kick into the left corner of the net and tied the game right before time the end of regulation.

Two overtime periods passed and Temple’s defense stood strong with Alex Cagle recording two saves in the periods. With the draw the Owls now have a 1-2-2 conference record and will need to win their final two conference games of the season a loss from Tulsa loses to gain a spot in the conference tournament.

The UCF Knights will play the Owls at the Temple Sports Complex next Saturday for their final home game of the season at 7p.m. Also seven seniors will be honored as at the Owls’ Senior Night.

Not Quite A Win, Not Quite A Loss

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – A tied game leaves mixed feelings among the Owls.

The Temple Men’s Soccer team took on the Memphis Tigers for their first American Athletic Conference home game that became a double overtime, 110 minute scoreless affair.  This was the defense proved to be resilient recording it’s 6th shutout of the season. The Owls were aggressive the whole game out-shooting the Tigers 25-12, but just couldn’t find the back of the net. The Owls now stand at (6-3-1) for the season.

Owls Goalkeeper Alex Cagle was on his A-Game, making four saves including two huge stops in the double overtime periods. Memphis Goalkeeper Jake Leeker kept NCAA 3rd leading scorer Jorge Gomez Sanchez off the scoreboard who took a team high seven shots. Without Gomez Sanchez scoring, the Owls’ offense was not clicking.

Defensively the Owls have to be happy with their effort but now standing 0-1-1 in conference play the general feeling among the team wasn’t exactly joyous. Alex Moreno lost his composure and received a Red Card at the 99:55 mark, resulting with the Owls to play with 10 players the rest of the way and his suspension for the following game.

Sitting at 0-1-1 in conference play, Coach MacWilliams said, “There is definitely concern when you haven’t got the result you wanted out of both games, but we just have to keep working.”

“We had what, 26 shots tonight and only like two or three on goal? We need to improve on those numbers” said Trevor Babin.

The Men’s Soccer prepares for a bounce back game against city rival Villanova (6-3-1) as they host them October 4th at 3:00 pm. The Game will be White-Out and shirts will be given out at the game while supplies last.



Temple Men’s Soccer Rebounds from 2 Game Losing Streak with Shutout

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The Owls came off a two game losing streak on the road and got a much needed win at home to get back to their winning ways Saturday. After a slow first half offensively, where Temple scored one goal by Jorge Gomez Sanchez, the Owls defense proved to be resilient, allowing zero shots. As the second half got underway the Owls took off scoring three goals in a span of 11 minutes. Sanchez had a hat trick to make the victory even sweeter, adding three goals and a assist to Jonas Jokinen.

The Owls now stand at 5-2-0 as they hit the road for their next game on Saturday, Sept. 24, against the UConn Huskies.

Temple dominated on shot selection against the Stags on a margin of 14-2. The win gave the Owls a much needed confidence boost heading into conference play.

As the Owls begin to prepare for their first AAC conference game against the UConn Huskies, Head Coach Dave MacWilliams said he believes the Owls are up for the challenge. “Obviously it’s gonna be tough, hostile confines up at UConn. They are a very good team, they have a lot of history and I think our guys are gonna be ready, I think we are looking forward to the challenge,” said MacWilliams.

The last time these teams went head to head on the turf, the Huskies brought a heartbreaking end to the Owls season.

The Temple men’s soccer team rebounded with a 4-0 shutout win against the Fairfield Stags after a two game losing streak with three goals coming from Jorge Gomez Sanchez. Joonas Jokinen also chipped in a goal for his fourth of the season to complete the shut out.


Temple Men’s Soccer Suffers First Loss to Rider

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Temple men’s soccer took its first lost of the season on the road at Rider University to the Broncos 2-0. The first half saw both teams playing great defense and no one find the net. As the second-half opened the Broncos Rob Nardiello scored in the 54th minute, followed by another goal by Adrian Huss in the 63rd minute.

The Owls had opportunities to make it close with their best shots coming from Jorge Gomez Sanchez, who had a team leading 5 shots in the game. The 22 minutes to play, Gomez Sanchez was awarded a penalty kick, but the star couldn’t convert, as Rider goalie Ryan Baird made the clutch save.

Overall the Owls were able to out shoot the Broncos 19-11 but the story of this game was the Owls couldn’t find the net with Rider proving themselves as a formidable foe this contest. The Owls now sit at 4-1-0 and look to rebound against one of their Philadelphia Soccer Six opponents, Drexel on Tuesday 7:00 p.m. at Vidas Field.