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On the night legendary sports information director Al Shrier
, '53, was honored for his 60 years of work and dedication to Temple University
, Al's Owls pulled off a 76-69 win over Philadelphia Big 5 rival Penn on Wednesday night at The Liacouras Center.
It wasn't an easy task for Temple, who trailed the Quakers by two (33-31) at the break and then as many as nine in the early minutes of the second half. Senior Khalif Wyatt
, who was a game-high scorer for the eighth time this season with 26 points, drained a key three-pointer with 5:26 to go in the game to give the Owls the lead for good. It was also the Cherry and White's first lead in 20 minutes.
Temple's most effective shooter sophomore Anthony Lee
went 6-of-9 from the field en route to a 16-point night and hauled down a game-high nine rebounds. Graduate student Jake O'Brien
, who started in place of Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson
(knee bruise), scored 10 of his 14 points in the first half. O'Brien had a 6-of-11 shooting night to claim his third straight double-figure scoring performance.
Trailing 64-61 with seven minutes remaining, the Owls ran off 11 straight points. O'Brien started and ended the run with key baskets. Wyatt's trey, his fourth of the night (6 attempts), made it 66-64. He and Lee each drained four straight free throws in the stretch. That made the score, 72-64, with 3:06 remaining.
Dau Jok ended the streak with two free throws for the Quakers, but Scootie Randall
follow shot pushed the margin back to eight (74-66) with 1:22 remaining.
Darien Nelson-Henry (17 points) cut the margin to five with 1:10 remaining on a three-point play, but Randall sealed the win with two free throws.
Miles Cartwright led the Quakers with 21 points while Patrick Lucas-Perry contributed 15 points and Henry Brooks added 10.
Temple, now 13-5 on the year and 2-0 in Big 5 play, will get back to its Atlantic 10 Conference schedule and will head to the historic Hinkle Fieldhouse for Saturday's 6:00 p.m. matchup against the No. 9/9 Butler Bulldogs (ESPN2/1210 WPHT AM).