PHILADELPHIA - Temple University
head coach Fran Dunphy
earned his first career conference Coach of the Year honor and sophomore guard Ramone Moore
was named the league's Sixth Man of the Year as the Atlantic 10 Conference announced its season awards Sunday.
Junior forward Lavoy Allen
was named to the five-man First Team all-Atlantic 10 and senior guard Ryan Brooks
was selected to the Second Team. Sophomore guard Juan Fernandez
was one of three players to earn honorable mention all-conference. Allen was also named to the all-Defensive Team for the second straight season.
"While this award reads Coach of the Year, it may be the ultimate team award," Dunphy said. "I would like to recognize our staff and our team for their accomplishments this season. This award could have gone to any numbers of staffs in our league as our Conference was terrific this year."
Dunphy, in his fourth year at the helm, guided the Owls to their first A-10 regular season championship since 2002. He also led Temple to a 26-5 overall mark, tying for the second most regular season wins, and its first national ranking since 2001. Picked tied for fifth in the preseason poll, the Owls have been among the Top 25 in both polls for 11 straight weeks.
Dunphy, who compiled 310 wins and 10 Ivy League Championships in his 17-year tenure at Penn, never won a conference Coach of the Year honor prior to Temple as the Ivy League does not award it.
Moore, who came off the bench in 26 of the team's 31 games, averaged 7.6 points and dishing out 47 assists in just 17.6 minutes per game. In A-10 play, the Philadelphia native (Southern HS) averaged 9.8 points on 51.3 percent shooting (61-for-119).
Allen, who is on pace to become the first Temple player to average a double-double since Ollie Johnson accomplished the feat in 1970-71. The Morrisville, Pa. native (Pennsbury High) currently leads the team in rebounding (10.8 rpg.) and blocks (46) while scoring at an 11.7 clip.
Brooks, the team co-captain, led the Owls in scoring with a 14.5 average. The Narberth, Pa. native (Lower Merion HS) also topped the team in double figure scoring games (23), minutes played (36.1 mpg.). He also ranks second in rebounding (4.5 rpg.) and steals (24).
Fernandez, a native of Rio Tercero, Argentina (Dr. Alexis Carrel HS), leads the Owls in assists (3.4 apg.) while topping the A-10 in three-point percentage (63-141, .447).
The Owls, 26-5, 14-2, are the #1-seed in the A-10 Tournament and open play against the winner of Tuesday's First Round game featuring #9-seed Duquesne at #8-seed St. Bonaventure on Friday at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall. Tip time is noon with the game being televised live by Comcast SportsNet and broadcast on 1210 AM WPHT.