PHILADELPHIA, PA. 11/29/2015 – The Temple Owls now have won seven of their last eight home openers as they posted a 69 – 50 win over the Delaware Blue Hens at the Liacouras Center. Forward Obi Enechionyia led the way for the Owls scoring 16 points.
The sophomore forward was six of eight from the floor and made four of his six three-point shots. Enechionyia considers himself to be a scorer and that is how he can best help his team.
“I want to be the shooter,” stated Enechionyia. “Last year Jesse Morgan was the shooter and this year I planned on being the best shooter on the team. That’s what I focused on in the off-season.”
The Cherry and White broke open a tie at 23 going on a 14 – 2 run over the last five minutes before halftime to take a 37 – 25 lead into the locker room. The Owls got 8 straight over the last 1:50 behind the freshman backcourt of Levan Alston Jr. who had back to back three-pointers, and Henry Lowe.
In the second half Enechionyia made two consecutive from beyond the arc to give his team a 56 – 41 lead. The Blue Hens would not dent double-digits after that as they have dropped twenty consecutive games against the Owls.
“Whenever you lose it is a difficult scenario,” said Delaware Coach Monte Ross. “It is always special when we can play in Philadelphia against a Big Five school. It is never easy against Temple. They will do whatever is necessary to win.”
Temple turned the ball over just 5 times which allowed the team to put up a 14 – 0 advantage in Points Off Turnovers. Delaware had 11 miscues.
“I like how we are taking care of the ball, and that is a positive,” Dunphy said.
The Owls had 2 other players score in double figures as forward Jaylen Bond had 11 and guard Quenton DeCosey scored 10 points.
Forward Marvin King-Davis registered a double-double scoring 13 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Guard Cazmon Hayes posted a game-best 17 points.
Temple improves to 2 – 3 on the season. Their three losses came against nationally ranked teams. The Cherry and White will take the floor next on Wednesday hosting Farleigh Dickinson. The early season schedule tells Dunphy about his team.
“I think we are the kind of team that can compete at just about every level,” Dunphy said. “But also we could get our comeuppance at any level as well. I am a little concerned about that. We need to have a better mindset defensively.”
Written By: Glenn Papazian