- With a one-game lead in the American Athletic Conference and a 6-0 record against the next four teams in the standings, Temple men's basketball will go for its seventh conference win in a row when the Owls travel to Tulsa (18-9, 10-5) on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. (ESPNews/1210 AM WPHT). It's the second in a two-game road swing for the Owls (17-9, 11-3), who are coming off a 69-66 win at Houston on Sunday.Headlines
• Temple has won nine of its last 11 contests, including six straight games in the American Athletic Conference. The Owls stand atop the league standings with a record of 11-3.
• The Owls are coming off a 69-66 come-from-behind win at Houston on Sunday, led by a career-high 26 points for sophomore Obi Enechionyia
who hit 1o-of-20 from the field including 6-of-9 from long range.
• After leading by 13 in the first half at Houston, the Owls trailed by 10 in the second. They closed the game with an 8-2 run capped by two free throws from Josh Brown
to get the win and avenge a home loss to the Cougars on Jan. 2.
• Temple had won five straight before a home loss to #1/1 Villanova in a Philadelphia Big 5 game on Feb. 17. The Owls narrowed a 23-point gap in the second half to 11 points in the 83-67 loss, but could come no closer.
• Freshman Trey Lowe
had a breakout game against Villanova, coming off the bench for a career and team-high 21 points and hitting 5-of-8 shots from long range.
• For the first time this season, Temple had five players reach double figures in scoring in a 77-65 win vs. USF on Feb. 14. Enechionyia and senior Jaylen Bond
led the way with 18 points apiece, while Bond made it his seventh double-double of the season with 14 rebounds (tying his season high).
• With 8.0 rebounds per game, Bond leads the team and ranks eighth in the American Athletic Conference.
• When Temple edged UCF?on the road on Feb. 6, 62-60, the Owls gave 10th-year head coach Fran Dunphy
his 517th career victory to make him the all-time winningest coach in Philadelphia Big 5 history.
• DeCosey is Temple's leading scorer this season with 16.0 points per game, ranking third in the conference, and has scored in double figures in 23 of 26 contests. He has scored 1,404 points to rank 28th all-time in program history. When he scores at least 20 points, the Owls are 8-1 this season.
• With a win vs. #8 SMU on Jan. 24, Temple has now taken down a Top 10 team in seven of the last eight seasons.
• With 8.0 made three-pointers per game, Temple leads all teams in the American Athletic Conference.
• As a team, the Owls rank third in the nation in fewest turnovers per game at 9.2. They have recorded single digit turnovers in 16 of 26 games, tallying as few as five (vs. Delaware on Nov. 29 and at USF on Jan. 31).
• The Owls have three regular-season wins over Top 25 teams, the most since 1999-00. This season also marks the first since 1998 that the Owls have beaten two Top 25 opponents on the road. Temple has beaten at least one ranked opponent for nine straight seasons.
• Tulsa's has won two straight and four of its last five since losing to Temple in overtime on Feb. 4. The Golden Hurricane's recent wins include a 70-68 overtime win at home vs. Cincinnati on Feb. 18.
• Senior guards James Woodard and Shaquille Harrison lead Tulsa with 15.8 and 15.0 points per game, respectively, with Harrison averaging a team-best 5.5 rebounds per game while Woodard averages 5.2 rpg.Temple vs. Tulsa
• Temple and Tulsa are meeting for the sixth time, with the first two meetings being in 1995 and 1996.
• The Golden Hurricane had the Owls' number until a few weeks ago, going 4-0 in the first four meetings.
• Temple earned its first series win on February 4 at home, coming back from 12 points down in the second half to win 83-79 in overtime.
• Tulsa won 63-56 at Temple on Jan. 10, 2015, and held the Owls to a season low in scoring with a 55-39 win at Tulsa on Feb. 22, 2015.
• The Golden Hurricane also won both prior meetings in back-to-back years, edging the Owls 64-60 in Philadelphia on Dec. 9, 1995, and winning at Tulsa a year later, 67-60 (Dec. 14, 1996).
• Tulsa head coach Frank Haith had a 1-1 record vs. Temple in his seven years at Miami (FL).The Force is With Obi
Sophomore forward Obi Enechionyia
has come on strong in the Owls' last eight games. After averaging just 8.5 ppg in his first 17 games played this season, Enechionyia has put up 15.4 ppg over his last eight contests to rank second on the team. He has scored in double figures in all but one of those games, including a career-high 26-point performance in a win at Houston on Feb. 21. From long range, Enechionyia has been outstanding in this stretch, hitting 22-of-48 (45.8 percent).Comeback Kids
Three times this season, Temple has been down by 10 or more points in the second half and come back to win the game. All three games have occurred in the month of February, starting with the Owls' first meeting against Tulsa at home on Feb. 4. They trailed by 12 with 10 minutes remaining before coming back to win 83-79 in overtime. One week later, Temple again trailed by 12 at home against UConn before coming back to win 63-58 on Feb. 11. The third time the Owls achieved a big comeback was at Houston on Feb. 21. They were down by 10 at 11:05 of the second half and used a late push to win 69-66.Game Notes
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