- After building a 23-point lead in the second half, Temple men's basketball was able to hold off a late run by Fairleigh Dickinson (2-6) and get a 79-70 win at the Liacouras Center on Wednesday night. Senior Quenton DeCosey
led the Owls (3-3) with 22 points, hitting 7-of-7 at the line and also grabbing a game-high eight rebounds.
Temple got 18 points from senior Jaylen Bond
, who hit 8-of-11 from the field. Sophomore Josh Brown
added a career-high seven assists to a career-high four blocks.
The Owls dominated in the paint early on, but were matched in scoring by FDU as the Knights hit their first three attempts from long range. An 8-0 run capped by a DeCosey dunk at 13:33 gave Temple a 14-9 lead, and the Owls did not trail again in the contest.
Freshman Trey Lowe
followed a dunk with a three-point play just under the five-minute mark of the first half, giving Temple its largest lead of 13, 32-19. The Owls maintained their lead despite not hitting a field goal for the rest of the half, going 4-of-4 at the line as FDU closed on a 15-4 run. The Knights scored the final eight points and cut Temple's lead to just two at halftime, 36-34.
All 10 players who got in the game for Temple scored in the first half, led by DeCosey with nine points. The Owls were dominant on the glass with a 22-12 advantage.
The second half was nearly all Temple until the final minutes. Bond scored eight of the Owls' points in a 13-5 opening run, and Temple later got seven points from DeCosey in a 13-0 run. Daniel Dingle
hit a free throw to cap the second run, giving the Owls their largest lead of 23 points, 66-43 just past the midway point of the half.
Temple shot 56 percent in the second half, but had that number closer to 67 percent until the final couple minutes. The Owls still led by 16 with a minute and a half remaining, but a few misses in a row combined with a couple turnovers helped FDU close the game on a 9-2 run.
FDU's Earl Potts, Jr., scored a game-high 29 points, hitting 10-of-15 from the field including 6-of-8 from long range. Ten of Potts' points were scored in the final four minutes of the contest.
Next up for Temple is a nationally-televised game on CBS, as the Owls travel to Wisconsin for a 12:30 p.m. (ET) game on Saturday, Dec. 5 (CBS/1210 AM WPHT).Box Score (PDF)