A game that began with celebration, ended with celebration Friday night. The Owls faced off against a struggling Loyola (MD) team and took care of business.
Before the game, Coach Fran Dunphy awarded Shizz Alston Jr. his 1,000 point ball following his reaching of the achievement a game prior. Alston would later continue upon that total with yet another big scoring night.
Immediately as the game tipped off, Temple got off to a fast start. The team opened the game up with a 16-0 run and forced the Greyhounds into 5 turnovers within the first 3:20.
Loyola then began to scratch and claw their way back into the game. Following a run of their own, the team was able to cut the lead all the way down to 6 with just under 7 minutes remaining in the first half. That would be the closest Loyola would be able to get to the Owls.
Following a slight back-and-forth, the Owls were once again able to capture a double-digit lead. From this point, the Owls stood firm not allowing the lead to drop below 9 in the second half of the game. Temple would go onto win this game to the score of 81-67.
The Owls were once again able to lean on their dynamic duo of Quinton Rose and Shizz Alston Jr. who combined for 34 points. Rose also set a career-high in assists in the game with 6.
Outside of Rose and Alston, Temple got a solid effort from Nate Pierre-Louis. The sophomore point guard contributed 16 points of his own to go along with 2 steals.
Temple’s defense was inarguably the most impressive part of the win. For the second game in a row, the Owls were able to force their opponent into 20 or more turnovers.
The cherry and white will look to carry this defense into their upcoming game against VCU. The game tips off on November 19th at 9:30 and can we seen on ESPN3.