Your Weekly Edition of Temple Timeout

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This week, Bri Hofsass and Vince Coll are talking AAC Tournament women’s basketball, where the Temple Owls are ranked #2. Also in play are men’s basketball senior recap and a look at the nationally ranked women’s fencing team. This week’s featured Player of the Week is Izzy Rapacz, a sophomore volleyball athlete who has been invited to the U.S. National Team tryouts.

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.

 

Temple Downs UCF In Regular Season Finale

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The Temple Owls women’s basketball team closed out their regular season Monday with a victory over the Golden Knights of UCF.

The win improves Temple to an overall record of 23-6, and it also improves the Owls to 13-3 in conference play. The victory also helps the Owls clinch the second seed in the AAC tournament. It is the highest seed the Owls have ever held in the tournament since the conference was created back in 2013.

Temple was lead by junior Tanaya Atkinson, who led all scorers with 21 points and nine rebounds. The Owls also had solid efforts from junior Aaliyah Butts who notched 20 points and seven steals, and Senior Feyonda Fitzgerald who produced 19 points and nine assist.

After UCF would take a 4-3 lead early, Temple would outscore UCF 19-4 in the first quarter to put the score at 22-8. The Owls during that run would shoot 56% from the field, and did not commit a turnover.

UCF would climb back in the second half, as the Golden Knights would cut the lead to six within the first five minutes of the second half. The last five minutes of the second half would see Temple push the lead back up to nine thanks three point baskets from Aaliyah Butts, and Feyonda Fitzgerald. Butts would end off the period with a buzzer beater that would push the lead to 31-22.

Temple would jump out to an 8-2 run early in the third quarter to push the lead to 14, before UCF would counter with a 9-2 run to cut the lead to just seven. Temple would then respond again with an 8-0 surge that would put the score at 53-38 at the the end of the third.

In the final frame, UCF would go on its largest run yet as the Golden Knights would hit a 17-5 run to cut the Temple lead to just three. The surge would fall short of helping UCF to a victory when Temple’s Aaliyah Butts would score an “and-one” to push the lead to six. The Owls would go on to clinch the victory after Butts would also chime in on two big defensive stops down the stretch to seal the deal.

Temple will be heading to the American Athletic Conference Tournament this weekend in Connecticut, and will play the winner between the Houston/Cincinnati game.

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.

Your Weekly Edition of Temple Timeout

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Hey Owl fans, it’s that time of the week – we’re talking about Temple Timeout.

In this second edition of the SportsDesk’s new webisode series, Temple alum Zach Gelb of The Zach Gelb Show on Fox Sports Radio join Bri Hofsass and Vince Coll to discuss the struggling men’s basketball team. We also take a look at #23 ranked women’s basketball team and women’s gymnastics, who are experiencing a record breaking season.

Owls Lose to #1 UConn Huskies For the Second Time This Seasin

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The Temple Women’s Basketball team fell short on Wednesday night against the #1 UConn Huskies with a score of 90-45. This marked the 102nd win in a row for the Huskies and moves them to 27-0 overall and 14-0 in conference play. This lose brings the Owls down to 21-6 overall and 11-3 in the conference.

The UConn Huskies opened up the game with six unanswered points. Senior Feyonda Fitzgerald put a stop to the Husky run with a good three-pointer to cut the Huskies lead by 3. The Owls rallied within 4 points of the Huskies from a three-pointer from Junior Tanaya Atkinson. However, the Huskies then went on an 11-0 run that was then stopped from a three point shot from Junior Khadijah Berger, but the Huskies were still up by 12 at the end of the first quarter.

Junior Alliya Butts opened up the second quarter with a three to cut the Huskies lead 9 points, but UConn went on a 10-0 lead to extend their lead to 33-14. The run was stopped by Junior Donnaizha Fountain with a good jumper. The Huskies then went on another 8-0 run to go up 22 points, but a three-pointer from Berger stopped the run at the end of the first half.

Early in the third quarter, the Huskies went on another 8-0 run to go up 49-19, but a jumper from Fitzgerald stopped this run. The Huskies continued to increase their lead throughout the third and fourth quarter, and the Owls were not able to recover from the Huskies damage.

Donnaizha Fountain finished with 12 points and 3 rebounds, and Feyonda Fitzgerald also ended

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with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Alliya Butts ended with 10 points and 2 steals, while Khadijah Berger ended with 6 points and 2 steals. Tanaya Atkinson also notched 6 rebounds.

The Owls were held at shooting just 27.1% from the field while UConn was shooting almost 60% from the field. The Huskies also shot 70% from the field in the second half where the Owls were shooting just 31% from the field during the second half. The Owls shot 36% from outside the arc where UConn was shooting 33.3% from outside the arc. The Owls were able to notch 11 points from the bench.

The Owls will be back in action Saturday afternoon in Pearson McGonigle Hall when they will take on Cincinnati.

Temple Drops Third Straight Loss In Heartbreaking Fashion

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The Temple Owls loss another game that went down to the wire Wednesday night, as the Owls would lose their third straight game against UCF.

Temple would hold a lead for most of the game, even going up 11 at one point in the second half, but UCF would overcome the deficit and defeat the Owls down the stretch. Temple even led for over 23 minutes of game time, but once again the Owls would fall short.

The Owls would be led by the individual performances of junior Obi Enechionyia, who led all Temple scorers with 17 points. All of Enechionyia’s points would come in the second half. Temple would also receive solid performances from sophomore Shizz Alston jr., who notched 15 points, and both freshman Quinton Rose and senior Mark Williams; both scoring 11 points.

Temple would hold a lead with just under a minute to play in the game, when B.J. Taylor of UCF would hit a mid-range jumper to take the lead. Temple would receive two opportunities to take the lead; one being a shot attempt from Obi Enechionyia with 30 seconds left, and the other being a shot attempt from Mark Williams with seven seconds left after a missed free throw from UCF’s Tako Fall. The two shots would ultimately fail to go in, and UCF would pull of the victory.

The loss comes as Temple’s third in a row, and second straight game were Temple blew a lead with in the final minute of a game. The other game being the heartbreaking loss to UConn that the Owls suffered on Sunday. It also is the second loss of the season to UCF; their first coming back on Dec. 31 when they were dominated on the road by UCF 77-53.

“We loss this one, and it’s tough” said Temple’s Shizz Alston. “But, we just didn’t hit our shots in these last two games. If Obi can hit his shots and Dan plays well, I think we’re a tough team to face. In fact, I think we could make a deep run into the tournament.”

The loss drops Temple to a conference record of 5-11, and an overall record of 14-15. It also drops the Owls home record at the Liacouras Center to 8-7.

Temple will be back in action Saturday, Feb. 25 for their last home game of the season against Tulane. Tip off is at 12pm.

Sweet Revenge: Temple Women Knock Off #23 USF

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The Temple Women’s Basketball team defeated a ranked USF team Saturday afternoon with a score of 77-71. This marks the Owls second win against a ranked opponent this season. The win puts Temple at 11-2 in conference play and 21-5 overall, and the USF loose brings them down to 9-4 in conference play and 20-6 overall.

The first quarter started off back and forth between the Bulls and the Owls. USF got the game started with a layup, but Junior Donnaizha Fountain answered with a layup in the paint. A good free throw and a fast break layup would give the Owls a 3-point advantage over the Bulls. However, a good layup and two free throw shots would give USF a 1-point advantage. Again, Donnaizha Fountain would make a layup, but USF would answer with a layup. At the end of the first quarter, Senior Feyonda Fitzgerald sank a three-pointer that started a 9-2 Temple run, so the Owls would lead 18-12 going in to the second quarter.

The Owls kept their lead throughout the entire second quarter, and only USF to come within 5 points. Donnaizha Fountain started off the second quarter with a good three-point shot. Junior Alliya Butts had a fast break layup and Feyonda Fitzgerald also contributed to scoring with another three-pointer. Towards the end of the quarter, Junior allowing Khadijah Berger sank a three that surged a 10-2 Temple run, so the Owls ended the first half up by 13 points.

USF came out more aggressive in the second half and challenged the Owls. Temple still managed to keep their lead in the third quarter, but again, the Bulls cut the Owls lead almost in half. Eight fouls by the Owls and many missed shots gave USF a chance to get back in the game. The Bulls made their first three-pointer of the game early in the third quarter that surged a USF run where they would come within 4 points of Temple. USF outscored Temple in the third quarter 23-17. The Owls came out 7 points ahead of the Bulls going in to the fourth and final quarter.

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Temple was up for the beginning half of the fourth quarter but too many missed shots by the Owls gave USF a 1-point lead over the Owls with about five minutes left. Alliya Butts would make a three-pointer, but the Bulls answered with a nice layup. USF would go up by 3 points, but Fitzgerald would sink a three-point shot to tie up the game with two minutes left. Donnaizha Fountain and Feyonda Fitzgerald outscored USF 13-4 with 2 minutes left to give the Owls the edge over USF.

Feyonda Fitzgerald was the high-scorer for the Owls with 23 points and 7 assists. Donniazha Fountain was right behind Fitzgerald with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Alliya Butts notched 13 points, 4 assists and 4 rebounds. Junior Tanaya Atkinson would record her eighth double-double of the year with 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Khadijah Berger had 6 points and 4 rebounds.

The Owls will face the #1 UConn Huskies on Wednesday at UConn.

Owls Stunned by the Huskies

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The frustration and disappointment continued Sunday afternoon for the Temple Owls as they lost to the UConn Huskies 64-63 thanks a Jalen Adams layup with 2.9 seconds to go.

Temple lead for nearly 36 minutes in their 6th annual “White Out” game, but came away with the loss which evens their record at 14-14 overall and 5-10 in the American Athletic Conference.

In the first half of this nationally televised game, the Cherry and White’s offense was firing on all cylinders as they shot 44% from the floor. Senior Dan Dingle and sophomore Shizz Alston Jr. did a bulk of the scoring as the duo scored 12 and 9 respectively in the first twenty minutes. The Owls consistently held a small lead within the first half, with the largest lead being 6 points, and they took a 35-29 lead into intermission.

The crowd of 8,702 were left screaming for Moore and Moore buckets to start the second half. Freshmen Alani Moore II and center Damion Moore catapulted the Temple offense as they scored the first 14 points for Temple in the second half. Damion Moore, who was starting his third consecutive game, reached a new career high in points with 11 due to his scoring explosion in the beginning of the half.

With the Moores leading the way for Temple, it took the entire UConn squad to step up their game and stay within striking distance. As Alani and Damion were scoring, so were UConn’s Jalen Adams, Rodney Purvis and Kentan Facey. Temple’s lead got to as low as 1 point early in the second half as UConn shot 54.2% from the floor, but Dan Dingle was giving his best effort to come away with a huge AAC win.

Dingle’s scoring led the Owls in the first half, then it was his rebounding and passing in the second. The senior finished with 17 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists. All three of those marks led the game on Sunday, the last time an Owl led his team in points, rebounds, and assists was on March 6, 2013 by Khalif Wyatt. But it was a missed free throw by Dingle that ended up changing the course of the game.

The Owls built up a solid 10 point lead with 8:29 remaining at 56-46, but UConn stormed back with an 11-2 run to cut the deficit to 1 once again. UConn’s Rodney Purvis led the Huskies’ run with eight of those points, and he finished with 18 points and 5 assists on the day.

It all came down to the final minute.

On a crazy Owls possession that included two offensive rebounds, Shizz Alston grabbed that second board and looked to throw it to Dan Dingle, who would then burn out some clock with Temple up by three. UConn’s Jalen Adams picked off the pass as he read Alston perfectly and then was fouled on the ensuing possession as he tried to slam one home. Adams knocked down a pair to cut it to 1.

Then on Temple’s possession, Dan Dingle was fouled on a reach-in, and headed to the line. Dingle took one dribble, one spin, and a moment to gather, and his free throw rimmed out. After a UConn timeout, head coach Kevin Ollie diagramed a pick-and-roll for Jalen Adams, who drove to his left and threw up the shot. On the glass and in with 2.9 to go. With Temple having no timeouts left, Shizz Alston’s near halfcourt prayer fell short and UConn escaped with the one-point win. 64-63.

This was the second time Temple lost an AAC on their home floor on a last second layup as they lost to Tulsa in January in familiar fashion.

The Owls will try and bounce back Wednesday night when the face the monstrous Tacko Fall and the UCF Knights. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 pm.