PHILADELPHIA, January 18, 2012 – The Temple University Owls men’s and women’s basketball teams took the floor in a doubleheader at the Liacouris Center. The Owls swept the double bill as the women defeat Duquesne and the men earn a 76 – 70 decision over LaSalle.
Women’s Game Temple Owls 67 Duquesne Dukes 63
Temple committed 23 turnovers that gave Duquesne a 25 – 13 edge in points off turnovers, but survived making 7 three-pointers compared to 2 for Duquesne to earn a 67 – 64 win. The Owls took the lead at 50 – 49 at the 9:48 mark of the second half on free throws by Senior guard Kristen McCarthy, and held it the rest of the game. The Dukes rallied from seven points down to cut the deficit to one point at 65 – 64 with 10 seconds on the clock. Free throws by Senior guard Shey Peddy gave Temple the final margin of victory. Peddy had a game-high 22 points and took down 11 rebounds, McCarthy added 11, and guard B.J. Williams had 14 points. Center Victoria Macaulay grabbed 11 rebounds. The Owls had a 43 – 25 rebounding advantage, 16 – 8 on the offensive glass. Three Duquesne players scored in double-figures. Jocelyn Ford had a team-high 18 points while forwards Wumi Agunbiade and Orsi Szecsi had 15 and 10 points.
Men’s Game Temple Owls 76 LaSalle Explorers 70
It was a one possession game from the 9 minute mark to the last-minute. A short jump shot by Temple Senior forward Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson gave his team a 74 – 69 lead, and enough breathing room in taking a 76 – 70 home court win over LaSalle. Both teams are 2 – 2 in Atlantic 10 Conference play.
Jefferson scored a career-high in points with 19 and a team-high in rebounds with 7. Senior guard Ramone Moore scored 17 points. Senior guard Juan Fernandez and Junior guard Khalif Wyatt each had 12 points. Fernandez had 5 assists. Temple out-rebounded LaSalle 38 – 27. The Owls registered 9 block shots, a career-high 5 by Redshirt Freshman Anthony Lee. Temple shot 51.9% making 27 of 52 field goal attempts, 58.3% in the second half (14 – 24). LaSalle was 9 – 18 from the free throw line while Temple was 18 – 22, 16 – 18 by Moore, Fernandez, and Jefferson.
Sophomore guard Tyreek Duren scored 18 points for LaSalle. Junior guard Ramone Galloway scored 17, and Senior guard Earl Pettis contributed 12.
Temple improves to 12 – 5 and bounced back after a loss at Richmond. LaSalle has lost two straight moving to 13 – 6 on the season. Both teams return to action on January 21. LaSalle hosts Rhode Island while Temple welcomes Maryland.
Written By: Glenn Papazian