Temple’s March Madness Chances Slim After 80-59 Loss to Cougars

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After suffering a tough loss to Wichita State on Thursday, the Owls hoped to bounce back and secure a much-needed win over the Houston Cougars.

However, the game did not turn out the way Temple had hoped. From the start, Houston was sinking shots as well as maintaining a very fortified defense which didn’t allow Temple to get onto the board until seven minutes into the game. The Owls went into halftime trailing 41-20.

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Temple has made runs to make up for major deficits several times this season, and they were hoping to make a second-half comeback. However, the Owls sight of a comeback quickly vanished as Houston continued to drive the ball through Temple’s defense. Temple’s furious efforts to try and get a foot back into the game were overruled by Houston every step of the way.

The final score of the game was 80-59 in Houston’s favor making it Temple’s chances to make the NCAA even slimmer. The areas in which Temple lacked greatly in were FG attempts, in which they only had a 36% success rate. Temple’s 3 point attempts were also unsuccessful hitting only 30% of the chances they took. Rebounds also proved to be a major issue for the Owls, having only 22 as opposed to Houston’s 53. If Temple has any hopes of making the tournament they will need to win the remainder of their regular season games as well as make a run in the AAC tournament.

The Owls next game is home against UCF on Sunday, February 25th at 2:00 pm.  

Temple’s Winning Streak Ends Against Wichita State

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The Temple Men’s Basketball team’s 5-game winning streak has finally come to a close at the hands of Wichita State.

The game was a track meet as both teams ran up the scoreboard.

After an extremely impressive first half, the Owls were unable to hold on for the win. The team opened up the half with the hot-hand going on an early 11-0 run. While the Shockers were able to make dents in the lead at times, the Owls stayed in control and took a commanding 56-42 lead into half. The 56 points scored by the Owls were the most ever in a half during the Gregg Marshall-era.

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Unfortunately, Temple quickly saw this lead dissipate. The Shockers came out of the half on fire as an early 17-3 run tied the score.

From that point on it became an absolute dog fight with the two teams exchanging blows back and forth.

Perhaps the most crucial play of the game came at the 2-minute mark when Wichita State’s Zach Brown missed a 3-point shot, but Shaquille Morris recovered the offensive rebound put-back to give them the lead.

The Owls were able to keep it interesting throughout the rest of the game, but could not stop the Shockers.

Following a couple of free throws, Temple fell to Wichita State 93-86.

Prior to the game ESPN’s Joe Lunardi said this game can help, but not hurt the Owls due to their early win over the Shockers. However, he does believe that for Temple to make the tournament, the need to win the remainder of their games and make a run in the AAC tournament.

The Owls next contest is at home against a Houston team who is fresh-off a win against #5 Cincinnati.

 

Eagles Fans Celebrate the Eagles Super Bowl Win at the Eagles Parade

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On Thursday, February 8th,  Eagles fans gathered in Center City Philadelphia to participate in their first Super Bowl victory parade.

 

Eagles’ fans from around the region joined the big party in Philadelphia. From the  Stadium to the Museum of Art,, people cheered and celebrated.

 

“It’s a dream come true, it’s definitely a dream come true. I’ve been waiting my whole life for this,” Brian, a Delaware resident said, “ I was there for 2004 and I was rooting for them, and we had our chance for redemption, and here we are baby.”

 

With the waving of the Eagles’ flags and singing of the “Fly Eagles Fly” song, fans could not conceal their happiness and they could not wait to see the parade and the Eagles team.

 

Travis Davis, a Philadelphia resident said, “ I just wanna see the team. I wanna see the team. I wanna see the players”

 

Overall, Eagles fans had a great time celebrating with their peers, and with the players, at a once in a lifetime opportunity. They do not call it the “city of brotherly love” for nothing!

Give Me 5- Owls drop USF 73-55 for Fifth Straight Win

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Temple basketball usually consists of a back and forth battle for the entirety of the game, resulting in either heartbreak or relief. Consistency is not something that is often associated with the Owls. However, Temple’s five-game win streak is proving that this team is pushing for consistency in the right direction.

 

The Owls went down to South Florida and added to their five-game winning streak with a 73-55 victory over the Bulls. This gives the Owls a 7-6 record in the AAC and 15-10 record overall. Three of their next five games all had previous matchups that were decided by 3 or fewer points. Three of their upcoming games are also on the road, serving as a good opportunity for the Owls to increase their resume leading up to the AAC Tournament and Selection Sunday.

 

This matchup against USF started off how Temple usually likes it, too close for comfort. Both teams shot around 40% from the field. USF put down three 3-pointers, and the Owls only put down two. Both teams were struggling on both ends, resulting in a 30-30 halftime score.

A 7-0 run to start the second half would give Temple the push they needed to finish the second half strong. They outscored the Bulls 43-25 in the second half, shooting 16-29 (55%) from the field. Quinton Rose made an impressive impact in the second half. He added 16 points to his first half’s four. Rose also picked up all four of his steals and five of his six rebounds in the second half alone. Shizz Alston contributed 19 points for the Owls and grabbed five rebounds of his own while dishing out five assists. Josh Brown had 12 points of his own and six rebounds to go along with it.

 

Temple’s next matchup will be in Kansas where they will be taking on #22 Wichita State. Temple barely knocked the Shockers, 81-79, in their last contest. Tipoff is set for 6:00 p.m. and can be viewed on ESPN2.

Owls Mark 1900 Wins With Victory Over ECU

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The Temple men’s basketball team (14-0, 6-6 The American) continued their strong play Friday night as they defeated the Eastern Carolina (ECU) Pirates (9-14, 3-9 The American) by a score of 90-73. Sophomore guard Quinton Rose led the way with 23 points on 9-16 shooting, with 17 of those points coming in the second half.

 

The win marks Temple’s 1900th in school history, which is good for fifth all-time in the college rankings.

 

The Owls started off hot in the first half by taking a 15-4 lead just under six minutes in. The Pirates closed the gap to 21-18 about halfway through, but that was as close as they would get.

The Owls, who had 14 free throw attempts in the half, made five straight free throws to get the lead up to 38-62 with just under five minutes left. The Pirates closed the half on a 9-3 run and were down only 41-35 at the half.

 

The Pirates came out firing at the start of the second half and tied the game at 44 after a three-pointer by redshirt-freshman guard Shawn Williams. Coach Fran Dunphy quickly called a timeout. Afterwards, the Owls outscored the Pirates 46-29 for the rest of the game.

 

“I didn’t tell them anything earth-shattering by any stretch, just basically that we needed to pay attention to our details. From that point on though I thought that they understood that we were in a dogfight and then we made a couple of jump shots and our defense tightened up a little bit.

We are a team that has good stretches of basketball and we have to eliminate the not-so-good.” – Dunphy

 

Rose made his first seven shots of the half and had two emphatic dunks early on courtesy of junior guard Shizz Alston Jr.

 

The first one was off a fast-break and Alston sent the ball Rose’s way from half-court for an alley-oop. The second came just a few minutes later when Alston hit Rose as he was cutting baseline, and Rose proceeded to throw down a dunk over the like of Pirate freshman guard Dimitri Spasojevic.

 

“I think [the dunks] brought a lot of energy,” Rose said. “Those are two big plays but Shizz made two great passes to me and I just finished them off.”

 

The Owls had contributions from most players tonight. Senior guard Josh Brown scored 17 points on 5-11 shooting with eight rebounds, three assists, and one steal. Alston had 14 points on 5-10 shooting, junior center Ernest Aflakpui had 10 points and freshman guard Nate Pierre-Louis had 10 points as well with two threes.

 

Perhaps the surprise of the game was J.P. Moorman II. The freshman forward grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds and had 11 points for his first ever career double-double. This was the first time since Lavoy Allen in the 2008 NCAA Tournament that an Owl has recorded a points-rebounds double-double.

 

“He was huge. He did a lot of the little things that Obi has been doing for us and you can see it, those 12 rebounds that he had for us were big rebounds for us,” Brown said. “He was aggressive tonight and helped to run the offense at the top of the key. He was getting those boards and pushing and creating shots for others, so he played a great game for us and I knew he would show up.”

 

Senior forward Obi Enechionya was not available for the game with an illness, so freshman forward De’Vondre Perry started in his place. He grabbed one rebound and blocked one shot in 11 minutes of play.

 

Sophomore center Damion Moore returned to play after he missed the last seven games with a right ankle sprain. He had four points and two rebounds and grabbed two rebounds in nine minutes.

 

Fan-favorite Steve Leonard got into the game towards the end as well. It was the senior forward’s birthday and he was the recipient of multiple cheers all night. He scored one point off of a free throw in one minute of play.

 

“He’s just a good man. Steve is a really good guy and he’s a terrific student and he’s a good teammate, he’s a really good teammate. He comes to practice every day and you never hear anything from him, he just does what you ask of him to do,” Dunphy said. “He’s just one of those great stories in my mind and hopefully our team appreciates him like the coaching staff does.”

 

The Owls will look to extend their win streak to five when they travel to Tampa, Florida to take on South Florida. The Bulls (8-17, 1-11 The American) have lost four games in a row and are in last place in the conference.

 

Owls Shock the #16 Shockers in 81-79 OT Victory

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A last second drive to the lane with six seconds remaining on the clock to give an opportunity for the other team to close out the game would be unsettling for most teams. Way too close for comfort, unless that team was the Temple Owls.

 

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Thursday’s matchup against Wichita State marks the Owls’ 11th game this season determined by five or fewer points. Temple is now 6-5 in those contests. Despite the Shockers having a 17-4 record opposed to the Owls’ 11-10 record coming into this game, this was still a highly anticipated matchup. Especially for Temple. Fran Dunphy and co. were coming off of an interesting pair of games. They were handed their biggest loss of the season just two games prior at the hands of the Cincinnati Bearcats, followed by their largest win of the season over the UConn Huskies. Luckily for the Owls, the team that played Connecticut showed up at the Liacouras Center.

 

This marks the second time this season that Temple has had five players score in double figures. Quinton Rose led the Owls with 19 points, despite only playing for 25 minutes. Josh Brown showed serious senior leadership. He had 15 points and was 3-4 from behind the arc. He also contributed five rebounds and three steals. Shizz Alston started cold, he finished the night with 12 points even though he was 5-22 from the field and 0-6 from three. However, the junior guard had the most important bucket of regulation, a drive to the lane with less than 10 seconds on the clock to advance the Owls to an overtime contest. Obi Enechionyia and Nate Pierre-Louis both had 11 points. Pierre-Louis also grabbed five

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rebounds and had two steals.

 

Turnovers were a key to a Temple victory. They needed to not turn the ball over. With 10 rebounds, they relatively did what they needed to do. What they did better than not turn the ball over was force Wichita State turnovers. The Shockers had 16 turnovers at the hands of the Temple Owls. The Owls were one steal away at 11 from tying their season-best of most steals in one game.

This marks the 11th straight season that temple has defeated a top 25 team. This should significantly boost the Owls’ resume and their March Madness tournament hopes alive. Their impressive wins over Clemson, Auburn, SMU, and Wichita State are overshadowed by their bad losses to teams like George Washington, La Salle, and a big margin loss to Villanova and Cincinnati.

The Owls are headed to down to New Orleans this Sunday to take on Tulane.

Owls Earn Big Conference Win Over UConn 85-57

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By: Carl Tienabeso

After coming off of a close win against Southern Methodist University, the Uconn Huskies were looking to steal an AAC conference win on the road in Philadelphia against the Temple Owls. UConn’s basketball program again is in hot water with the NCAA, as they’ve been issued an inquiry into the men’s program over a suspicion of recruiting violations. Going into this game, they looked for the leadership of their star player, Jalen Adams, who leads the team in both points and assists.

Following a brutal loss at the hands of conference foes Cincinnati by 23, the owls looked to start their homestand with a must

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needed conference win Monday night
The Owls started the game off hot with a 7-0 run that forced UConn to use an early timeout.
After the owls found themselves up 11-4 early in the half, the Huskies chipped away the margin with a pair of threes to take the lead 18-14.

 

A key steal from Nate Pierre Louis added a needed spark midway through the first half extending temples lead to 7 with a layup followed by a rim-rocking slam on the other end.

The owls continued to put their foot on the gas and never looked back extending their lead to a 14 point halftime margin.

The second half saw more of the same action. Uconn came out flat to start the half as their shots would not fall. The Owls were led by the strong play of their junior guard, Shizz Alston. He finished the night with 18 points and dished out 4 assists with his most important stat showing zero turnovers.
The energy on both ends of the floor for the Owls was tough for Uconn to matchup with. Temple suffocated the Huskies with a great defensive showing forcing them to give the ball away 16 times with 9 of those coming off of steals.

Temple keyed in on their star player Jalen Adams using both size and quickness in forcing him into a rough first half that saw him turn the ball over 4 times. The team defense was strong throughout as Uconn poor shooting from the field at 39 percent and from 3 to 29 percent prevented them from ever making the contest competitive.

Junior Ernest Aflakpui was tough to stop in the paint adding 13 points and Senior Obi Enechionyia reeled in 8 offensive rebounds to go with his career high in assists.

When asked about the impending NCAA investigation into their program and whether it played a part in their loss, Coach Kevin Ollie maintained his stance on the matter, “ I don’t feel it played a part in the way we played, we were just sloppy with the ball and our shots aren’t falling all night. All the credit goes to temple, their a good basketball team. We are cooperating with the NCAA fully and assisting them with everything they need.”

After the game, Coach Fran Dunphy explained how his team’s aggressive mindset tonight was important in securing their must needed win. “It was two different games. Wednesday we did not play well on either side of the ball and today we made shots and took care of the ball with only 5 turnovers as a team. Shizz made tough shots for us and Nate gave us good energy.
As a team, they played well defensively and performed well-keeping Adams in front of them and limiting his abilities.“

Temple defeated the Uconn Huskies 85 to 57 for the largest margin of victory this season. The Owls improved their record to 11-10 on the season and 3-6 in conference play. Their next matchups see them taking on nationally ranked Wichita State Shockers in another American Athletic Conference matchup on Thursday.

Penn Beats Out Temple 74-59 for Share of Big 5 Title

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When the University of Pennsylvania Quakers (10-5, 2-1 Ivy, 3-1 Big 5) stepped came into McGonigle Hall Wednesday night to face off against the Temple Owls (9-10, 1-5 American, 2-2 Big 5), a championship was officially on the line.

 

After the Quakers defeated the Villanova Wildcats last weekend, a share of the Big 5 title was officially on the line. Whoever won last night’s matchup would own a share of the 2017-18 Big 5 title with the Wildcats.

 

The Quakers controlled the game right from the tip and ended up winning the contest 74-59. The Owls have now lost five games in a row and are below .500 for the first time this season.

 

“Hats off to Penn, they came in here and knew that there was a championship on the line and on our home court, they took it right to us. Them beating Villanova opened up the door for us, but it also opened up the door for them and they took advantage of us not being able to sit down and defend and guard them the way that they needed to be guarded,” coach Tonya Cardoza said. “It’s disappointing that we let that opportunity slip away.”

 

The Quakers ran off to a 13-4 lead in the first four minutes, lead by three three-pointers by junior guard Ashley Russell, senior guard Lauren Whitlatch, and senior forward Michelle Nwokedi.

 

After Cardoza called a timeout to try and settle the team down, the Owls responded with a 9-3 run to cut the lead to just two at 13-11. The Quakers responded with their own 12-3 run and closed the quarter with a 23-14 lead.

 

“We moved a lot more on offense in the first half than in the second half,” senior guard Tanaya Atkinson said. “We got the good opportunities to score in the first because people were moving the ball quicker and guys weren’t just standing there and watching the ball movement.”

 

The Quakers opened the second quarter by scoring six straight points to run the lead to 29-14. The two teams traded buckets for a little after that, but then Atkinson and freshman guard Desiree Oliver fueled the Owls as the team went on a 12-3 run.

 

On back-to-back possessions, Atkinson finished off two impressive and-one’s and Oliver netted two three-point baskets to cut the Quaker lead to just 36-31. The Owls kept the pressure on throughout the rest of the half and the Quakers only held a 42-34 lead at halftime.

 

“After those two and-one’s, I made sure to tell the team that we needed to stay focused. We knew we were down and that we needed to get stops. We wanted to keep a rhythm also by pushing in transition when we had the ball,” Atkinson said. “We needed to be a lot more aggressive down low also and needed to box out in order to get rebounds and run.”

 

In a game of runs, the Quakers had another big one out of the half to take a 53-39 lead. They would not look back from there.

After freshman forward had a three-point play of her own, the Owls cut the deficit to just nine, but Penn closed the quarter on a 16-10 run and held a 62-47 lead.

 

The Owls could not muster a comeback in the final quarter. The closest they got was a 12-point deficit as the Quakers ran out the clock and won the game 74-59.

 

“We needed to focus a lot more on making sure that we were smart with the ball and when and where to pass it. I felt like today we were really, really rattled and in our own heads,” Cardoza said. “Once the game started to get away from us we just lost our composure.”

 

The Quakers had a terrific night scoring the ball, especially down in the post. They scored 40 points down low all night and shot 37.5% from the three-point line as well.

 

“Today’s a great example of how we wanted to defend them in the post, but we didn’t follow that game plan. We didn’t want them to turn over with their left shoulder and go up with their right hand because they’re very good at that. Overall, we didn’t follow the defensive game plan and allowed them to play to their strengths,” Cardoza said. “We said that we wanted to chase shooters off that screen but every single time that a shooter came off we decided to go inside and, like a pinball machine, we were getting bumped all over the place and they got to set their feet and put up an easy shot.”

 

The Owls struggled mightily in the second half. They shot well in both the first and second quarters, yet show a measly 26.3% from the field in the third quarter. The Quakers ran a press defense as well against the Owls, which slowed down the tempo the Owls had wanted to create all game long. As a result, they rushed their offense and ended up with 16 turnovers.

 

“The press slowed us down a lot considering that we like to get out in transition and push the ball,” Oliver said. “It played a big part in us turning the ball over more than we should have.”

 

Atkinson had her 10th double-double of the season as she tallied 19 points and 11 rebounds while Oliver had a good all-around game and contributed 14 points, five assists, and four rebounds. Freshman Mia Davis continued her impressive first year as well with 11 points and eight rebounds.

 

The Owls will look to improve in conference play when they take on the #23 University of South Florida Bulls on Sunday in a road contest.

Eagles Advance to Super Bowl After 38-7 Victory Over Vikings

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The Philadelphia Eagles are going to the Super Bowl.

 

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie shows off the NFC Championship trophy. // Credit: Sports Illustrated.

 

Yes, you read that correctly, no, you are not dreaming. After a 38-7 rout of the Minnesota Vikings last night at Lincoln Financial Field, the Eagles advance to Super Bowl 52. It will be their 3rd appearance as a franchise and the first in 13 years. The Eagles will be taking on the same opponent as they did in 2005, the New England Patriots, a game in which the Eagles lost 24-21.

Philadelphia certainly embraced the “underdog” role and used it as a rallying point. Coming into the playoffs, many had doubt as to whether or not backup QB Nick Foles would be able to produce enough to get the team to the promised land. Against the Falcons, they were 3-point underdogs and against the Vikings, they were 3.5-point underdogs. And even though Nick Foles put up 38 points on a defense some say is the best in the league, the Eagles open up as 5.5-point underdogs to New England. That is the largest spread since 2009 when the Arizona Cardinals were 7-point underdogs to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In the NFC Championship, two big things stuck out. Nick Foles and the defense. After the first drive of the game where the Vikings scored seemingly too easy, the defense would not let up a single point the rest of the contest. In fact, they forced three turnovers in the process, two interceptions, one returned for a TD by Patrick Robinson and the other by Corey Graham, and a fumble recovery by Chris Long. All three turnovers coming when Minnesota was within scoring distance. The Eagles defense has been very productive at home over the last 5 games, holding teams to 10 or fewer points in those games. That is the best streak in the NFL in 9 years.

As for Nick Foles, he may have a 7 TD passing game from a few seasons ago, but there’s no doubting that this was Foles’ best performance as a starting QB. Foles went 26/33 for 352 yards and 3 touchdowns. Foles set a new Eagles playoff record 79% completions after his 77% last week vs Atlanta. He is also the only QB in Eagles history to have 3 straight playoff games with a 100+ rating.

Nick Foles cocks back one of his 33 passing attempts vs the Vikings. // Credit: Fox News

Celebrations quickly ensued once the final whistle blew as students of Temple flooded out of their homes, apartments, and dorms to gather in the streets and celebrate the championship win. Police shut down most traffic heading south on Broad Street due to the mass number of fans marching their way towards City Hall. On the march down Broad, cars were honking, fans were screaming, strangers were embracing and memories were made. Eagles success has a funny way of rallying the city and becoming one. Most importantly, no arrests were made during the celebratory night. The corner of Walnut and Broad Streets seemed to be the main rallying point for all, as some stayed until around 2:00 A.M. One can only imagine the city’s excitement and celebration if their beloved Birds finally bring home the Lombardi Trophy for the first time in franchise history.

In two weeks, the Eagles will get the rematch against Brady, Belichick and the Patriots they’ve been waiting for, for 13 years.

A revenge Super Bowl, and this time, it’s personal.

Owls Drop to UCONN 113-57

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It is difficult to think of at of a bigger loss than what the Owls just endured.

 

The Owls fell to #1 ranked UConn 113-57, in a game where they just stood chance.

 

UConn, even though they were undefeated, has struggled recently and made this game, as a statement game, to prove that they are not a force to be reckoned with or taken lightly.


Even though the Owls lost by 56 points and the game was never close. Head Coach Tonya Cardoza, was not discouraged by her team’s performance.

 

Cardoza was happy that her team was able to compete with one of the best teams in the country and mentioned how much bigger

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UConn guards in the backcourt are, and how much more athletic they are as a team, and there is not much her team can do against that.

 

 

Cardoza, who was an assistant under UConn women’s head coach, Geno Auriemma, from 1994-2008, mentioned how her team had grown up watching UConn and aspiring to be as good as them one day, and even though the results are not what they wanted, they still got to complete a childhood dream.

 

Mia Davis was the only noteworthy Owl on the stat sheet as she scored 19 points and added 4 rebounds.


A cool moment that was not caught on video, but Coach Auriemma pulled Tanaya Atkinson and Davis aside after his presser for words of encouragement and told them to keep pushing hard and that “the sky is the limit”.

 

The now 9-9 Temple Owls look to bounce back in a big way at home on Wednesday vs. Penn.