- Temple men's basketball rallied once, but couldn't come up with a second comeback run at Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon, falling 76-60 in front of a sold-out crowd of 17,287 at the Kohl Center. The Owls (3-4) had three players score in double figures, led by senior Jaylen Bond
with a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Temple cut what had once been an 18-point deficit to five early in the second half, but the Badgers (6-3) responded with a 13-0 run and never looked back.
Nigel Hayes led all players with 18 points and 12 rebounds for Wisconsin, while Bronson Koenig hit 3-of-5 from long range and finished with 17 points.
Both teams started slow offensively in the first half, helping Temple stay with the Badgers early despite struggling inside. The Owls got three-pointers from Devin Coleman
and Quenton DeCosey
, and the game was tied at just 6-6 after nearly seven minutes.
Two free throws from Daniel Dingle
gave Temple a brief lead at 8-6, but they came during a field goal drought of close to six minutes. DeCosey, Temple's leading scorer this season, picked up his second foul at the 11-minute mark and the Badgers proceeded to rattle off a 19-2 run while he sat on the bench.
Wisconsin opened up its largest lead of 18 points, 30-12 with 5:23 left in the half. From there, the Owls picked up the pace and made five of their next six shots, including a pair of three-pointers from Levan Shawn Alston, Jr.
Back-to-back layups from Bond later capped a 12-4 run for Temple, getting the 18-point deficit down to eight, 34-26 with a minute left.
The Badgers put up the final three points of the half, taking an 11-point, 37-26 lead into the break.
Bond scored four points in an 8-2 run for Temple to start the second half, putting the Owls within five, 39-34. The momentum was short-lived, as Wisconsin answered with 13 straight points and led by no fewer than 14 points for the rest of the game.
Alston finished with 11 points on 3-of-5 shooting for the Owls, while also grabbing five rebounds. Fellow freshman Trey Lowe
rounded out the three Temple scorers in double figures, hitting a pair of shots from behind the arc and finishing with 10 points.
Temple will return to action closer to home next week, heading to the Palestra to take on Penn at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9 (1210 AM WPHT).Box Score (PDF)
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