- With a lights-out performance from three-point range and impressive debuts by two Owls, Temple men's basketball rolled to an 82-62 win at Delaware on Thursday night. The Owls (7-4) hit 16-of-33 from behind the arc, with eight different players combining to hit those treys. Temple came just three shy of the all-time three-point record for a single game in program history (19 on March 4, 1992), and the Owls' 16 three-pointers were the most in a game for at least the last six years.
In his first game in a Temple uniform after transferring from UMass a year and a half ago, senior Jesse Morgan
went 4-of-8 from long range on his way to 16 points. Junior Quenton DeCosey
matched Morgan for team-high honors, going 3-of-4 from three-point range and 5-of-6 from the line. He added more than scoring for the Owls, also leading Temple with seven rebounds and three steals.
Also making his Temple debut, on his birthday, was Devin Coleman
, who transferred from Clemson last year. Coleman wasted no time making his presence felt in the contest, hitting a pair of three-pointers within his first 70 seconds on the court. He finished the game with nine points after hitting a third trey in the second half.
On a night full of highlights, senior Will Cummings
quietly finished with the first double-double of his career, adding a career-best 10 assists to 11 points.
Delaware senior Kyle Anderson, playing in his first game of the season after sitting out with a hand injury, led all players with 20 points. Maurice Jeffers finished with a double-double of 11 points and 12 boards for the Blue Hens (0-8).
The first half got off to a slow start for Temple as the Owls trailed 12-8 after nearly seven minutes of action, but once they got going it was mostly smooth-sailing.
Sparked by the first points scored by Morgan in his Temple career, the Owls used a 7-0 run to take the lead, and they did not trail again in the contest. The lead was just a point at 15-14 before Coleman made a splash for Temple.
Less than a minute after entering his first game as an Owl, Coleman hit a three-point attempt. He proved it was no fluke by following it up with a second one just 30 seconds later, and Temple's lead was no fewer than six from that point on.
The Owls closed the half on a 13-4 run in which they made all four of their attempts from long range, and by halftime they had already surpassed the most three-pointers they had made in an entire game this season. After hitting 8-of-15, Temple's lead was 37-21 at the break.
Temple earned its first 20-point lead with a 7-0 run near the 15-minute mark of the second half. Morgan hit back-to-back treys a couple minutes later to give the Owls a 25-point, 60-35 lead, which would be their largest of the game.
The Blue Hens came within 14 points with six minutes left, but the Owls out-scored them 13-7 the rest of the way. The final bucket for Temple came from junior walk-on Chima Nwakpuda
, scoring his first points in just his second appearance on the court this season on a nice assist by sophomore walk-on Mike Robbins
Temple will play its final game before the holiday break on Monday, Dec. 22, and it's a big one for the Owls as they take on #10/10 Kansas at the Wells Fargo Center. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. (ESPN2/1210 AM WPHT).Box Score