Shizz Alston, Jr.
Joseph V. Labolito

Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball Hosts Tulsa on Wednesday With a 6 PM Start

PHILADELPHIA - Slightly earlier than for a typical weeknight game, Temple men's basketball will host American Athletic Conference foe Tulsa at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17 (ESPNews / 1210 AM WPHT). The Golden Hurricane (10-8, 3-3) won three league games in a row before dropping three straight, while the Owls (8-9, 1-5) are coming off a 1-1 week including a heartbreaking overtime loss vs. Memphis.

Scouting Temple
> For the second time in 10 days, Temple lost a heartbreaker with a last-second shot by its opponent - this time when Kareem Brewton, Jr. of Memphis hit an off-balance three-pointer with one second remaining in overtime on Jan. 13.
> Freshman Nate Pierre-Louis got his first career start vs. Memphis and made it count, scoring a team- and career-high 23 points. He hit two three-pointers in overtime with Shizz Alston, Jr. making a third, but Memphis closed on a 7-0 run. For his efforts, Pierre-Louis was named the American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week.
> The Owls' other game last week was a big win at SMU - their first on the road this season and first American Athletic Conference win. Senior Josh Brown hit the game-winning jumper with 1.2 seconds left for a 66-64 victory, snapping SMU's streak of 33 straight home wins. The game-winning shot was the third of Brown's career.
> Sophomore Quinton Rose returned to form at SMU after struggling in two straight games. He hit 9-of-14 field goals for a team-best 23 points, at one point scoring 14 in a row for the Owls in the second half.
> Pierre-Louis has been a bright spot for the Owls of late, and is the second-leading scorer in conference games with 11.5 ppg. Pierre-Louis was Temple's leading scorer at UCF (Jan. 7) with 13 points in just 18 minutes of action.
> The Owls led for the vast majority of their game vs. #19/20 Cincinnati on Jan. 4, but the Bearcats surged in the final minutes and got a last-second long jumper from Jacob Evans for the win.
> Rose is the Owls' leading scorer with 14.7 ppg, ranking 11th in the league. Alston is averaging 13.8 ppg (15th in the AAC), and leads all players in the conference with a free-throw percentage of .919 (34-of-37).

Scouting Tulsa
> The Golden Hurricane started conference season strong with wins vs. ECU, Tulane and UConn (in double overtime), but have since lost three straight to Memphis, Houston and #5 Wichita State.
> Tulsa had chances against the Top 10 Shockers, but lost 72-69 despite a career-high 26 points from junior guard Sterling Taplin.
> Redshirt senior forward Junior Etou leads Tulsa with 15.9 points per game and 6.9 rebounds per game.
> Head coach Frank Haith is in his fourth season at Tulsa with a record of 68-48. Last season, the Golden Hurricane went 15-17 overall and lost in the AAC Quarterfinals to Cincinnati.

All-Time Series
> Temple and Tulsa are meeting for the eighth time, and sixth as American Athletic Conference opponents after the first two meetings being in 1995 and 1996.
> The Golden Hurricane have had the Owls' number, going 4-0 to start the series and leading it 6-1 overall.
> The two teams met just once in 2016-17, with Tulsa edging Temple 70-68 in Philadelphia on Jan. 14.
> Temple earned its first and only series win on Feb. 4, 2016, coming back from 12 points down in the second half to win 83-79 in overtime. Tulsa responded with a 74-55 win on its home court less than 20 days later on Feb. 23.
> Tulsa head coach Frank Haith had a 1-1 record vs. Temple in his seven years at Miami (FL).
 
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