Box Score: Iowa 72, Temple 70
TEM- Quenton Decosey 26 points 8 rebounds
Josh Brown 16 points, 9 rebounds
Jaylen Bond 14Bond 14 points 15 rebounds
IOWA- Jarrod Uthoff 23 points, 5 rebounds
Peter Jok 16 points, 7 rebounds
Game Summary: In the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the Owls battled Iowa in a game that came down to the buzzer. Temple trailed by double-figures at one point in the first half, but they came back to trail by only one point at the half, 38-37. Jaylen Bond recorded a double-double with 14 points and 15 rebounds. Quenton Decosey contributed a game-high 26 points and 8 rebounds. For the Hawkeyes, Jarrod Uthoff scored a team- high 23 points and shot 7 for 8 from the charity stripe. Pete Jok followed Uthoff with 16 points and team- high 7 rebounds. With under two seconds left in the game, Decosey was fouled on a three-point shot and hit all three foul shots to tie the game. But Iowa’s Adam Woodbury’s tip-in at the buzzer in overtime ended Temple’s season.
The Owls fall short 72-70.
Temple vs. Iowa
Semifinal: Temple vs. UConn
UConn advances to AAC championship, while Temple eagerly awaits Selection Sunday.
Box Score: UConn 77, Temple 62.
UCONN: Daniel Hamilton - 19 pts, 11 rbs
Shonn Miller - 19 pts, 7 rbs
Jalen Adams - 11 pts, 8 asts
TEM: Jaylen Bond - 17 pts, 10 rbs
Quenton DeCosey - 14 pts, 6 rbs
Devin Coleman - 13 pts, 8 rbs
Game Summary: After jumping out to an early 12-4 lead, Temple seemed to be capitalizing on UConn's energy coming off a four overtime win the night before. An early 7-0 Huskie run quickly changed that. Temple could not buy a bucket while UConn continued to shoot lights out. Quenton Decosey and Obi Enechionyia together went 6-30 from the field. Jaylen Bond was the only Owl who shot above 50%. Overall, as a team Temple shot 35%, while UConn shot just above 50%. Daniel Hamilton and Shonn Miller paced the Huskies with 19 points apiece, as they shot a combined 62% from the field. Although Temple managed to sweep the Huskies in the regular season, this third meeting was UConn's charm.
Up Next: Temple will have to cross their fingers and wait to see their fate on Selection Sunday. With Houston and Cincinnati both being eliminated in the conference quarterfinals, Temple is aided by the fact that they made it to the semifinals. If a team other than UConn wins the tournament, that will be even harder on Temple, as there will likely not be more than three teams from the AAC to make the big dance.
Temple vs. UConn
Quarterfinal: Temple vs. USF
Box Score: Temple 79, South Florida 62.
TEM: Jaylen Bond- 17 points, 8 rebounds
Obi Enechionyia- 13 points
Mark Williams- 11 points, 3-3 3pt%
USF: Chris Perry- 19 points, 8 rebounds
Jahmal McMurray- 16 points, 4-7 3pt%
Jaleel Cousins- 11 points, 9 rebounds
Game Summary: Jaylen Bond led the way for the Owls with 17 points, followed by a perfect from 3-point range Mark Williams as Temple took down the South Florida Bulls on Friday afternoon by a score of 79 to 62. Temple took the lead early thanks to quick points from Obi Enechionyia, but he was soon sent to the bench with early foul trouble. Mark Williams stepped in and provided great minutes off the bench for Temple with 11, including 3 for 3 from beyond the arc. Josh Brown was able to contain USF's freshman guard Jahmal McMurray. In their previous match-up, McMurray dropped 24 points on the Owls. Today, Temple’s defense limited him to just 16. Another key player for the Bulls was Chris Perry, who chipped in 19 points. Perry had not played in either meeting this season, so his presence was an added boost for USF. Regardless, the Owls handled business, leading by as many as 23 in the second half.
Up Next: After a 4OT win against Cincinnati, UConn moves to the Semifinals to face Temple at 3pm on Saturday.
Temple vs. USF