Instead, the Owls stumbled into 2016.
Behind sloppy performances on both ends of the court on Saturday, Temple would suffer a 77-50 loss to Houston to fall to 6-6 on the season and make the Cincinnati win seem like the distant past.
“We beat a great team in Cincinnati away and to come back home and lose a game like this is really tough,” Quenton DeCosey said.
Things would begin to get ugly from there, however, as Houston utilized a 17-1 run, in which the Cougars held the Owls without a field goal for more than seven minutes, to take a 37-17 lead.
The Owls would finally find the basket again before the half, but would head to the locker room trailing 40-21. Temple would put together just a 9-for-29 shooting performance from the field in the half that included an 0-for-12 effort from beyond the arc.
Things would only get worse for Temple in the second half, as the Owls got no closer than 16 in a game that left much to be desired for Temple.
“We didn’t do a very good job at anything today,” Temple Coach Fran Dunphy said. “Whether it’s effort, or execution or whatever it happens to be. We did not play our best basketball game, obviously.”
Houston would stretch its lead to as large a 30 in the final minutes of play on its way to a 77-50 rout of Temple. The Cougars were led by Rob Gray, Jr., who scored 23 points while also dishing out six assists.
Temple would not have a single player reach double-digit scoring as they shot just 34.5 percent (20-for-58) from the field and 13 percent (3-for-23) from beyond the arc.
“They had a lot of easy opportunities. We didn’t play a great defensive game this time around. We have to improve a lot.”
Temple will look to make those improvements quickly, as they visit Connecticut on Tuesday.
By: Kyle Babcock
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