Temple would maintain control for the first ten minutes of the second half, taking a 65-50 lead with 9:40 remaining in the contest. That’s when the Quakers came to life. With the help of a 21-6 run, the Quakers knotted the game at 71 apiece with less than two minutes remaining. After trading baskets to bring the score to 73-73, Temple took the lead for good on a Dalton Pepper layup with 45 seconds remaining. The Owls would sink three free throws to close out the game, but Penn had given Temple all they could handle in an exciting Big 5 matchup.
Pepper led the way for the Owls, scoring 19 points and grabbing 9 rebounds in the game. Will Cummings added 18 points for Temple, while Anthony Lee and Quenton DeCosey each notched 12 points, with Lee also grabbing 12 boards as well for the double-double.
Penn’s efforts were led by guard Tony Hicks, who scored 28 points in the season opener on a 12-24 shooting performance from the field. Darien Nelson-Henry added 19 points and 10 rebounds for Penn, as the Quakers fell just short of completing their comeback.
Temple will next welcome Kent State to the Liacouras Center on Monday, while Penn will visit Monmouth on Tuesday.
By: Kyle Babcock
Follow us on Twitter: @BroadStBeat