Temple sees things a bit differently however.
For the Owls, it’s not necessarily about proving anyone wrong, but rather taking advantage of every opportunity they have to continue their season.
Temple took advantage of that opportunity Sunday morning, moving past George Washington with a 90-77 win to advance to the quarterfinals of the NIT Tournament Wednesday night.
“We were kind of just looking to protect our home court and make a statement and that’s what we did,” said Jesse Morgan.
George Washington would emerge from the locker room looking strong, cutting Temple’s lead to just three, but the Owls would maintain their composure. The Owls would receive contributions from all around in the second act, stretching their lead to as much as 19 before topping the Colonials 90-77.
Morgan would slow down his torrid scoring in the second half, tallying just five points to finish the game with 20, but where Morgan left off, Devin Coleman picked up. Coleman would score 13 second half points to help the Owls maintain control and advance to the NIT quarterfinals.
Will Cummings would add 21 points for the Owls as well, while Jaylen Bond scored eight points and grabbed 15 rebounds.
While the sting of being left out of the NCAA Tournament is still there for the Owls, they are just looking to control what they can and keep their season going as long as they can.
“Yeah, I think I’m just still mad [about not making the NCAA Tournament],” Cummings said. “I’m just trying to keep playing basketball. Anything that it takes to keep playing basketball, that’s what I’m focused on doing.”
Temple will continue its quest to extend its season on Wednesday night, when the Owls host either Texas A&M or Louisiana Tech in the NIT quarterfinals.
“It just feels good to still play basketball,” Cummings said. “No matter if you’re in the NCAA Tournament, NIT, CBI, CIT, you just want to still keep playing basketball.”
By: Kyle Babcock
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