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Temple improved to 5-0 to start a season for the first time in a quarter century on Saturday by defeating the Wagner Seahawks (2-4), 70-62, at the Liacouras Center. In what was by no means an easy task, the Owls overcame an early eight-point deficit to secure the victory . Senior Khalif Wyatt
went 9-of-16 from the field to put up a season-high 26 points, which was just two shy of his career-best. Senior Scootie Randall
also reached double-figures, having a 10-point day, along with nine boards.
The Owls fell behind 10-2 to start the contest as sophomore forward Anthony Lee
, the team's top rebounder, picked up two early fouls in the first three minutes. A three-point play by Wyatt kick-started a 10-0 run by the Owls to give the hosts a 12-10 lead. Graduate forward Jake O'Brien
, who replaced Lee in the lineup, had five of his eight points in the run.
An Eric Fanning (12 pts) trey allowed the Seahawks to regain the lead briefly, but a Wyatt lay-up and a Randall three, one of seven in the half for Temple, put the Owls back in front, 17-13.
It was a lead Temple would not relinquish, but one it would work hard to maintain.
Consecutive three-pointers by freshman guard Quenton DeCosey pushed the margin to eight (31-23), with under three minutes left in the half. Wagner then ran off five straight points to cut the deficit to 31-28, and had the ball with 40 seconds on the clock. Graduate guard T.J. DiLeo then made a steal and Wyatt drained a pull-back trey at the buzzer to give TU a 34-28 edge at the break and momentum heading into the locker room.
The Owls would open the lead to nine points (42-33) on a pair of free throws by sophomore guard Will Cummings (7 pts, 3 assists) at the 15:39 mark, but the Seahawks quickly whittled it back to five (44-39) on a dunk by Jonathan Williams (15 pts). Temple then came back to extend the margin to double-figures, 54-44, for the first time in the contest on a Randall lay-up with just under eight minutes to play.
The teams traded baskets before a 9-4 Wagner run culminated by a Williams trey to cut the margin to five (60-55) with 1:45 remaining. Wyatt then drained a huge three and converted a free throw a minute later to make it 64-55. Fanning answered with a conventional three-point play, but Randall found senior forward Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson in the paint, who produced his own three-point play. Dileo (2-2) and Wyatt (1-2) made three of four free throws in the final seconds to close out the win.
Temple shot better from behind the arc (9-19, 47.4%) than from inside it (16-38, 42.1%) in the game. The Owls also turned the ball over a mere seven times while forcing 12 Seahawk miscues.
Temple (5-0) will open Philadelphia Big 5 play Wednesday when it meets Villanova at the Pavilion for a 9:00 p.m. tip (ESPN2/1210 WPHT AM).