Fresh off an amazing defensive effort in a 40-37 win over American, the Temple men's basketball team laces them up Monday evening when it hosts Louisiana Tech at the Liacouras Center. The game, which tips off at 7 p.m. (ESPN3/1210 AM WPHT) is part of the 2014 Northwestern Mutual Coaches vs. Classic.
The Owls defense, much maligned during the 2013-14 campaign, was stellar in holding an opponent to the lowest point total under head coach Fran Dunphy
in Friday's opener. Temple did this with junior transfer Jaylen Bond
out of the lineup. Bond, a Texas transfer, is day-to-day while recovering from an ankle injury suffered in practice on Nov. 4.
Sophomores Daniel Dingle
and Mark Williams
led the Owls, who struggled on the offensive end, with 11 points each. Will Cummings
added seven points, six rebounds and six assists, but made only one of 13 shots from the field. Quenton DeCosey
, who played just 16 minutes due to foul trouble, scored just two points while TU's other starter, Devontae Watson
, was held without a point.
Louisiana Tech (1-0), a 2014 NIT quarterfinalist, had little trouble on offense in winning at Southern, 85-76. Four Bulldogs scored in double figures led by returning Conference USA all-league selection Alex Hamilton's 18 points. Erik McKee added 16 points while Raheem Appleby and Speedy Smith each contributed 15.
Smith was a first team all-conference player last year as well as the league's Defensive Player of the Year. The Tech point guard set a conference record with 278 assists and a school mark with 90 steals in 2013-14. Appleby was the team's leading scorer (16.1 ppg) before suffering ligament damage in his ankle in January 2014 which sidelined him for seven weeks of action.
McKee made his first start after transferring from Murray State. The Bulldog's other starter is 6-10 senior forward Michale Kyser, who was named to the conference's all-defensive team after averaging a C-USA best 3.0 blocks per game.
This group led fourth-year head coach Michael White's squad to a school-record tying 29 wins.
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