TAMPA FLORIDA – Just one week after Winter Storm Jonas brought nearly two feet of snow to Philadelphia, Temple Men’s basketball travelled down to South Florida and rained all over the Bulls.
Led by Senior guard Quenton Decosey’s career-high 30 points, the Owls bounced back from last week’s heartbreaking loss to East Carolina. Decosey’s record day saw him shooting 54.5% from the field, going 4 for 7 from beyond the arc. He made 14 of 17 free throws, another career high.
Despite being dominated in the paint (The Owls only scored 16 points in the paint, compared to USF’s 32), Temple found a way to win this game 70-63.
Senior forward Jaylen Bond saw his first action in three games. He came off the bench to score 8 points.
Sophomore forward Obi Enechionyia and Freshman guard Trey Lowe both played effectively. They racked up 13 and 11 points respectively.
During the first half, Lowe followed up a steal with a nice dunk while being fouled on the play. He sank his free throw to put the Owls up 31-27.
The Owls controlled the tempo for most of the game, pulling away with the lead in the second half. South Florida’s only held the lead in this game twice, and both leads came in a very close end of the first half. The Owls lead the game 35-31 at halfway, and went on to maintain the lead for the rest of the game.
Senior guard Devin Coleman, who was a perfect 8 for 8 last Sunday versus SMU (7 of which were from three point land), only scored one basket this game late in the second half — a three pointer that helped Temple continue to sits on its lead.
The Owls are now in a tie for second place in the American Athletic Conference, and will host conference opponent Tulsa this Thursday night at 7 p.m.