The Owls (14-16, AAC 6-11) dropped their fourth straight game in a 61-51 loss to Tulsa (21-9, AAC 13-4) on Wednesday night.
This loss now makes four straight for the Owls, a far cry from their four game win streak to begin the season. The Owls have also been swept in their season series against the conference’s top team, also losing their January 3rd meeting, where the they scored a season low 44 points.
The Owls struggled offensively tonight, shooting just 29% from the field and 23% from beyond the arc. Temple came into this game averaging 69.1 ppg but couldn’t solve Tulsa’s suffocating man defense. In their four game losing streak, the Owls are scoring only 60.2 ppg, 9 points below their average while shooting just 36% from the field as a team.
On senior night, guard Quinton Rose scored 15 points in his Liacouras Center finale, shooting for just 28% from the field. He was the Owls’ leading scorer and only player in double digits for the cherry and white. On the bright side, he will end his college career as the all-time leading scorer in American Athletic Conference history.
Another Senior, C Damion Moore started the game hot, going 3-3 inside but the offensive game plan seemed to go away from him, finishing with only 9 points on the day. However in his last home game as an Owl, he fittingly recorded a season high 10 rebounds and career high 4 blocks. G Alani Moore II, G Anto Keshgegian, and F Tim Waddington were all honored.
Coach Mckie talked about coaching on Senior Night: “I was okay (at first)…but as they were playing the videos on the screen I turned to the guys and got a little emotional. It’s important to me to watch these guys graduate, to grow from young men into men.”
The Owls wrap up their regular season schedule on Saturday, as they travel to Cincinnati to take on the Bearcats at 8pm, before heading to Fort Worth for the AAC tournament.