Temple Escapes NJIT, 68-63

This game was close from tip off to the final buzzer. This has been Temple’s eighth matchup settled by 6 or less points. The Owls are 4-4 in those close contests. Both teams hovered around the clock with narrow leads, neither team exceeding a 6-point lead.



The wealth was evenly distributed for the Owls. Obi Enechionyia led all Temple scorers with 13 points, going 5-11 from the field. He also grabbed 8 rebounds and had 1 block. Enechionyia is coming out of rut, in Temple’s matchup against Villanova, the Owl’s leading scorer was held to a seas
on low of 8 points. That was the first game all season he was not able to score in double figures. Dan Dingle and Shizz Alston were also able to score in double digits. Shizz Alston continues to add to his exceptional assist/turnover ratio, which ranks 7th in the nation. He had 4 assists and 0 turnovers against NJIT. All 8 Owls that suited up were able to knock down at least 1 bucket. The team shot 41.8% from the field and 38.9% from 3. They also shot 83% from the free throw line, shot a total of 18 foul shots. They shot 6 foul shots against Nova, and only made 3.


The Owls could not seem to stop Damon Lynn. He went 7-15 from the 3, and came dangerously close to surpassing most 3s made in one game at the Liacouras Center. Lynn led all scorers with 25 points, and added 3 rebounds, and 4 assists to his stat sheet. Tim Jenkins and Chris Coleman also had double figures, but the rest of NJIT’s roster had a combined 15 points. Because NJIT’s scoring was so concentrated, the Owls were able to dominate in transition. They outscored the Highlanders 13-0 in transition points.



Temple is now 8-4, and will take on Yale at the Liacouras Center Thursday December 22nd, at 7 p.m.  That will be the Owls last non-conference matchup before they kick of AAC action against Cincinnati.

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