It wouldn’t take the Temple Owls 40 minutes to score 40 points at the Liacouras Center tonight. Unlike Friday’s contest against American, in which the Owls scored their least points in a victory since February 8, 1947, Temple would be able to find the basket with ease, matching their previous game total for points in just more than 23 minutes of play.
While the Temple defense was not as air-tight as it was on Friday night, the Owls’ offense would come to life in the second half, as Temple defeated Louisiana Tech, 82-75.
The Bulldogs would soon regain the lead, however, utilizing a 13-0 run to take a 29-17 lead with less than nine minutes remaining in the half before taking a 38-34 lead to the locker room.
“We got ahead of ourselves. They spread us out and we played into it,” Will Cummings said of Temple’s first half struggles. “We kind of just went in the locker room and regrouped and tried to refocus. We slowed the game down to our pace.”
A different Owls team would emerge from the locker room for the second half, however, as Temple jumped all over the Bulldogs to start the half on a 20-6 run.
“We weren’t patient on offense early. In the second half we were more patient on offense and just tried to get into our good sets and get scores,” Quenton DeCosey said.
With the offense clicking, Temple would remain in command, not allowing their lead dip below five in the last 9:59 of play, as they topped Louisiana Tech 82-75 to move to 2-0 on the season.
Cummings and DeCosey would notch 20 points apiece in the win, with Cummings grabbing a career-high nine rebounds as well.
A huge challenge awaits Temple now, as the Owls will travel to the Barclays Center on Friday night for a matchup with the Duke Blue Devils.
“We’re going to watch a little bit of this film tomorrow. We’re going to refocus, put this win behind us and get ready for Duke,” Cummings said.
By: Kyle Babcock
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