OwlSports Update Staff Reporter
The Temple Owls and Tulsa Golden Hurricane had a few things in common when they faced off
Tuesday at the Liacouras Center. Both teams were dodging Covid postponements and both
teams were coming off a loss to nationally-ranked Houston.
But it was the Owls who raced out to an early lead and never trailed in a 76-67 AAC win, moving
Temple to 4-4 on the year, 3-4 in conference.
“Everybody was in attack mode, everybody was aggressive and everybody was playing with
confidence early from the start,” explained De’Vondre Perry, who scored 17 points on 6 of 7
from the field.
The Owls did indeed attack as a team with four players scoring in double digits, highlighted by a
22-point and 11-rebound performance by Khalif Battle. “We have a lot of talent on this team. Still
a young group, mixed with some maturity,” said the sophomore guard. “I think that the sky's the
limit for us.”
Scoring has been an issue for this team so far this year. But Tuesday showed Temple’s
potential. The Owls shot 51 percent from the field and scored 44 points in the first half alone. On
defense, Temple held the Golden Hurricane’s leading scorer to a mere 12-point display. Coach
Aaron McKie expressed his delight in shutting down Brandon Rachal, “De’Vondre Perry and
Damian Dunn, the guys that we put on him did a pretty good job.”
The Owls look to continue this climb in the conference rankings with their next matchup against
Tulane on Sunday at 12pm at the Liacouras Center. The game can be seen on ESPN+.