WASHINGTON, D.C. - Temple men's basketball came up short against a hot-shooting George Washington squad on Sunday at Capital One Arena, falling 71-67 in the BB&T Classic. The Colonials (4-4) shot 60 percent in the game and held off a second-half rally by the Owls (4-2).
Keys to the Game
> The Colonials shot 68 percent in the first half and finished at 60 percent for the game, never trailing after the opening four minutes.
> GW led by as many as 13 points in the first five minutes of the second half, but the Owls came all the way back to tie the score twice down the stretch.
> Temple had two good three-point looks that would have tied the game in the final 13 seconds, but came up short.
> After shooting less than 30 percent from long range in its first seven games, GW made 9-of-16 three-pointers (56.3 percent) against the Owls.
> For a third game in a row, sophomore Quinton Rose
was the Owls' scoring leader with 20 points. It also marked his third straight game with 20+ points.
> Junior Shizz Alston, Jr.
hit 4-of-5 three-pointers and finished with 18 points.
> Alston hit 2-of-2 free throws and is now a perfect 18-for-18 this season and 46-for-46 dating back to Dec. 28, 2016. His streak is the second-longest in program history behind Lynn Greer's 49 consecutive free throws.
> After a few good minutes, things took a turn for the Owls as GW heated up and stayed hot throughout the entire period.
> The Colonials, who previously averaged less than six treys per game, made six of their first seven attempts from three-point range.
> With a 6-0 run, GW took its first double-digit lead with 4:20 left.
> GW scored the final two buckets of the half including a buzzer-beating jumper, and led 40-25 at the break.
> Despite each team committing six turnovers, GW took advantage and led 14-6 in points off turnovers at halftime.
> Temple used an early, 14-3 run run to cut its 15-point deficit to just six, 45-39 in the first seven minutes.
> GW continued to respond to each of the Owls' runs, and went back up by 11, 57-46 with 9:27 left.
> A three-pointer and steal for sophomore Alani Moore II
was followed by a Rose trey, capping a 10-0 run over just a minute and 15 seconds for the Owls, pulling them within a point at 57-56 with eight minutes to go.
> The fourth three-pointer of the game by Alston tied the game for the first time at 6:34 (59-59), and another tie followed.
> The Owls never trailed by more than five in the final three minutes. They came within two on a a pair of free throws by Moore with 36 seconds left, but did not score again.
Fran Dunphy Postgame Quotes
> "I hope that we respect every team that we play, and I hope that we respect each other. I think sometimes we think we can do it on our own. The ball sort of stuck for us today. Twenty-six field goals and only 11 assists - that's not good for us. I think GW in the first half obviously made just about every shot they took. Some of that is them, some of that is us. I hope that we're learning from this experience. Obviously we had a similar difficulty last Sunday against another Atlantic 10 team. I think these guys know us and they know how to play us, and they did a really good job. We didn't do what we needed to do."
> "I thought we moved the ball a little bit better (in the second half) and we were smaller. But I think we can still find the open man a little bit better than we did. I thought we tried to force a couple of things that didn't work out for us."
> The Owls will finally play their 2017-18 home opener, facing Wisconsin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6 (ESPNU / 1210 AM WPHT).