Temple remained perfect at home Wednesday with a 76-64 victory against the Towson Tigers. Scoring was hard to find in the first half early with the Owls failing to convert a field goal until 13:41 with a three from junior Daniel Dingle.
Luckily, Towson, who relies on a balanced offensive attack, didn’t fare much better. With only hitting two shots during the Owls’ drought, the Tigers failed to capitalize and let the Owls battle throughout the first half.
The teams exchanged baskets between Towson’s Timajh Parker-Rivera and Temple’s Jaylen Bond in the latter portion of the first half with the Owls taking an advantage they wouldn’t relinquish.
Description of the defeat
SG Quenton DeCosey capped off the Temple push to conclude the first half with a three but Towson’s Byron Hawkins responds with one of his own to cut the Temple lead to five.
For the fans at the Liacouras Center and the viewers at home, both teams would turn it up in the second half.
Hawkins opened the second half with another trey as the Tigers looked to start hot from the field. Temple answered the call with three straight buckets to take a 33-24 lead early in the second resulting in a Towson timeout.
Leading scorer Four McGlynn, former American East Freshman of the Year at Vermont, hit a jumper off of the break but the Owls were connecting unlike the first half.
Bond, Dingle and DeCosey all made baskets as the Owls were up 12 following the Towson attempted comeback with 15:25 remaining. Shortly after, the contest became the Will Cummings-Quenton DeCosey show pushing the Owls’ lead to a staggering 15 points.
Free throws were a huge factor in the Owls’ second half domination of Towson as they went 20-25 from the line with Cummings knocking down 11.
The Owls would hold on to the advantage in the second half and take the double digit victory 76-64 at the end of regulation.
Cummings and DeCosey went a combined 6-26 as their shooting woes continued on the season but performed a 180 from the line going a combined 24-28. They led the Owls with 22 and 16 points respectively.
Four McGlynn paced Towson with 20 points, 17 coming in the second half.
Temple (6-3) travels to face Big 5 rival and #7 Villanova (9-0) Sunday in what looks to be the most anticipated inter-city matchup this season.