Last season, the Temple men's basketball team was lucky to defeat Buffalo, 87-85, in overtime at the…
5-0 and a way to go
It remains to be seen what will become of the 2012-2013 Owls, but they matched the 5-0 mark of the great ‘88 team with a 70-62 win over Wagner on Saturday.
"I'm hoping we're going to be good, I don't know how good we are right now," said Temple coach Fran Dunphy. "We're winning some games, but we have a long way to go."
Khalif Wyatt led the way by scoring 26 points on 9-of-16 shooting. Scootie Randall added 10 points and nine rebounds, and Jake O'Brien had eight points and five rebounds with starting center Anthony Lee in foul trouble.
"It's all key to the preparation we do for every game, Coach Dunph has us ready," said Randall of the 5-0 start. "Each and every game we have somebody step up and that's something a lot of teams have but don't utililze. And it's going to continue to get better."
The Seahawks (2-4) threatened to pull the upset by jumping out to a 10-2 start, but Temple ran off the next 10 points and led by six at the half. Wagner pulled as close as five with with 1:45 remaining, but Wyatt hit a three and added a free throw to seal the game.
"Wagner hung around a little bit and some games come down to who is making big shots," said Wyatt. "It's important to make a shot down the stretch, and it just happened to be me today. I was just taking shots today, and my teammates were getting me the ball in positions I could be effective."
Freshman Quenton DeCosey continues to see increased time. He played 10 minutes Saturday and scored six points on a pair of three-pointers.
"When we recruited him, the thing we liked the most is he can get anywhere he wants on the court and he's doing a good job of fading and spacing," said Dunphy. "He knows how to get open and he's not making many mistakes on the defensive end. He's a great renounder, has great length, is a great athlete and his future is bright."
The Owls shot 9-of-19 from three-point range. They'll have to continue to be hot from range to keep their unbeaten record through the next week as they travel to Villanova on Wednesday and meet No. 2 Duke in East Rutherford on Saturday.
"It's a big week for us," said Dunphy. "Villanova's a fantastic basketball program, and Duke speaks for himself."
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