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.