It appears to be exactly what the Owls wanted.
Since becoming eligible before last Thursday’s contest, the duo of transfers have made their presence felt, especially Morgan.
Morgan topped a 16-point performance in his Temple debut with a 17-point game Monday night, as he helped key Temple’s dominant upset of #10 Kansas, 77-52.
Temple would make it known almost immediately that they were in it to win it, jumping out to a 12-2 lead over the Jayhawks on a Will Cummings three-pointer just six minutes into the game.
The Owls would continue their up-tempo play, forcing turnovers left and right, leading to a dunk by Jaylen Bond to put the Owls up 22-10 and bring down the house.
With the help of 13 first half turnovers by the Jayhawks, the Owls would build a first half lead as large as 14 before heading to the locker rooms with a 35-25 lead over a tenth ranked Kansas squad.
The Owls would do considerable damage from the free throw line in the first act as well, making 12-of-13 from the charity stripe despite Kansas committing just six first half fouls.
Kansas would emerge from the locker room looking more like a nationally ranked squad, as they quickly cut Temple’s lead to just six.
But there again, was Temple and its recently reinforced offense.
Morgan would score eight points in a span of just more than two minutes to push the Owls’ lead to 22 and put the game seemingly out of reach for Bill Self and his Kansas squad.
The Owls would continue to keep their foot on the gas, stretching their lead to as much as 30, and outplaying the Jayhawks on both ends of the courts.
Temple would finish the game shooting 58.3 percent on their way to a 77-52 rout of Kansas, while holding the Jayhawks to just 32.1 percent shooting and blocking eight of their shots.
“We have to build on this defensive effort,” Dunphy said. “We’ve got to say to ourselves we were as good as we can be defensively, and that’s where we have to hang our hat a little bit. I think we’re going to be able to score, but defensively is where we really have to be as good as we can be.”
With the addition of Morgan and Coleman, this Temple squad suddenly looks much different, and stronger, just days before conference play is set to begin.
By: Kyle Babcock
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