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Temple-Notre Dame observations: Owls hammered by Irish in Geoff Collins' debut

Temple-Notre Dame observations: Owls hammered by Irish in Geoff Collins' debut


SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Geoff Collins' only previous trip to Notre Dame Stadium was 14 years ago, when the hallowed field served as the finish line for a marathon he was competing in.

Saturday's return visit may have felt even more exhausting for the new Temple head coach, as the Fighting Irish overwhelmed the Owls, 49-16, in Collins' debut.

The Irish stormed to a 28-3 lead by early in the second quarter and were never seriously threatened.

Notre Dame piled up 606 yards — 422 of it coming on the ground — to the Owls' 330 overall. Junior running back Josh Adams had 130 yards on 11 carries by the intermission, and three Irish runners wound up with over 100 yards apiece.

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Logan Marchi got the start for Temple. Marchi was among four contenders for the job. He finished 19 of 35 through the air with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

• Penalties proved costly for the Owls during the first half. A broken-up third-down pass by Temple was wasted due to a roughing-the-quarterback call that gave Notre Dame a 1st-and-goal that translated into its 28-3 lead. Earlier, an Owls drive was stalled by a false start and then a 15-yard personal foul call on Temple helped keep alive an Irish drive that resulted in the touchdown that made the count, 14-0. The Owls, who were yellow-flagged five times before the break, will need to clean up those kinds of unforced errors quickly to beat better teams.

• While a couple Temple sophomores made bold declarations during the week leading up to the game, Notre Dame waited until all of a couple plays into the contest to begin to issue a response. Equanimeous St. Brown hauled in a 33-yard pass on ND’s first snap from scrimmage and Adams followed with a 37-yard touchdown run to put the Irish up for good a mere 33 seconds into the game. Owls cornerback Kareem Ali had said during the week that “we’re going to kick their ass,” while linebacker Shaun Bradley also predicted a blowout. Going forward, Temple might be better served by not generating obvious opposition bulletin-board material, especially if sophomores are going to be the ones generating it.

• Temple welcomes Villanova to Lincoln Financial Field next Saturday in the first renewal of the Mayor’s Cup in five years. A victory by the Owls would exactly square the series at 16-16-2. Temple’s won the last three meetings, the most recent, 41-10, in 2012 at Lincoln Financial Field. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m.

Temple put back on its heels in AAC tourney ouster

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Temple put back on its heels in AAC tourney ouster


ORLANDO, Fla. -- No. 11 Wichita State has advanced to the semifinals of American Athletic Conference tournament.


Landry Shamet scored 24 points, Rashard Kelly had 16 and the Shockers held off pesky Temple for an 89-81 victory on Friday night.

Wichita State (25-6) also got a strong performance from its reserves, including 13 points from Austin Reaves. Next up is the winner of the Houston-Central Florida game.

The Shockers won two of three against the Owls this season, and the outcome was in doubt every time.

"We certainly do bring out the best in them," Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall said. "The bottom line is that they make a lot of shots against us, but we usually do get great contributions from our bench. We go 10 or 11 deep and that's a good thing."

Wichita State led 78-75 with 2:23 left and closed it out with 11 foul shots.

Temple stayed close with its perimeter shooting. The Owls went 11 of 24 from 3-pointg range and shot 50.9 percent from the field overall.

Quinton Rose led Temple (17-15) with 25 points. Shizz Alston and Josh Brown each had 15 points for the Owls, who didn't have enough depth to keep pace with Wichita State in the final minutes.

"I loved our fight, I loved how we were hanging with them each and every moment," Temple coach Fran Dunphy said. "I think late we just needed another basket, another stop, but they're a really good basketball team. They made some veteran plays at the right time."

The Shockers were clinging to a 63-61 lead with eight minutes to play when Reaves, fellow reserve Markis McDuffie and Kelly powered a key 13-3 run. The three combined for 11 points in the surge and helped cool off Rose while leading Wichita State to a 76-64 advantage with just over four minutes remaining.

Shaquille Morris made two foul shots to put the Shockers up 55-45 early in the second half, but the Owls rallied behind Rose. The sophomore guard scored 12 of his team's next 14 points to cut the deficit to 61-59 with 9:10 left.

"Quinton did a great job in that stretch and got us where we needed to be," Dunphy said. "But again, we needed a little better effort at the defensive end and just be a little smarter."

Big picture
Temple: The Owls had some nice early season wins -- Wisconsin, Clemson, Auburn, South Carolina -- but need to take the next step in the conference season. The Owls were only 8-10 in AAC play.

Wichita State: The Shockers are aching for a rematch with top-seeded Cincinnati, but first they'll have to get past the winner of the Houston-UCF game and they've struggled with both. Houston handed Wichita State its worst loss of the season, and UCF took the Shockers to overtime before losing in the second-to-last game of the regular season. Wichita State will need another good night from its reserves to reach the finals.

Temple narrowly avoids disaster

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Temple narrowly avoids disaster


ORLANDO, Fla. -- Shizz Alston Jr. hit three free throws in the final minute and Temple avoided being upset by a lower seed in the first round of the American Athletic Conference Tournament for the second year in a row, holding off Tulane 82-77 Thursday night.

Temple, the No. 7 seed, advances to face second-seeded Wichita State on Friday in the tourney quarterfinals.

Last year the eighth-seeded Owls were upset by No. 9 seed ECU.

Nate Pierre-Louis made a free throw with 1:01 left to give Temple a 77-71 lead, but the 10th-seeded Green Wave roared back behind two Cameron Reynolds 3-pointers sandwiched around an Alston free throw to make it 78-77 with :37 remaining. Alston was fouled with :16 left and hit both free throws to make it 80-77, and Caleb Daniels missed a 3 with :05 left that would have tied the game. Josh Brown added two free throws with a second left to set the final score.

Obi Enechionyia led the Owls (17-14) with 19 points. Alston added 17 points and dished eight assists and Brown added 15 points, six boards, three assists and two steals.

Reynolds hit 3 of 7 from distance and paced Tulane (14-17) with 22 points. Melvin Frazier added 15 points and Samir Sehic and Ray Ona Embo added 11 and 10 points, respectively.