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Temple no match for physical Georgia

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Temple no match for physical Georgia

ATHENS, Ga. -- Yante Maten's season-high 30 points and suffocating defense in the first half led Georgia to an 84-66 win over Temple on Friday.

Maten also had 12 rebounds for Georgia (9-2), which is off to its best start in Mark Fox's ninth season.

Freshman Nicolas Claxton came off the bench to score a career-high 14 points and William Jackson II scored 10.

Obi Enechionyia led Temple (7-4) with 27 points. Quinton Rose scored 13.

After Temple took an early 7-2 lead, the Owls went stone cold, missing 10 of their next 11 shots as Georgia went on a 17-2 run, grabbing a 19-9 lead with seven minutes to go in the half after a pair of Maten free throws.

A tip-in at the halftime horn by Claxton put Georgia up 42-23.

Temple shot 31 percent from the field and 43 percent from the free-throw line in the first half, while the Bulldogs shot 52 percent and 83, respectively. Georgia 25-11 rebounding advantage, while Maten had 15 points and seven rebounds, at the break.

Back-to-back jump hooks by Derek Ogbeide and Maten gave the Bulldogs a 46-23 in the opening minute of the second half. But the Bulldogs went nearly seven minutes without a field goal while Temple closed the gap to 54-40 as Enechionyia heated up from beyond the arc. He hit 7-of-9 3-pointers for the game.

Jackson ended the drought for Georgia with a 3-pointer, followed by a short jumper, stretching Georgia's lead to 62-43 with 9:11 remaining.

Three Owls fouled out -- Josh Brown, De'Vondre Perry and Ernest Aflakpui-- as they pressured the Bulldogs. Georgia shot 39 free throws, hitting 28.

Shizz Alston Jr. hits game-winning free throw as Temple pulls off dramatic win over South Florida

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Shizz Alston Jr. hits game-winning free throw as Temple pulls off dramatic win over South Florida

BOX SCORE 

TAMPA, Fla. — Shizz Alston Jr. had 24 points, including the game-winning free throw, as Temple narrowly defeated South Florida 70-69 in overtime on Saturday night.

South Florida's LaQuincy Rideau tied it at 69 with a layup with 11 seconds left in overtime before Alston made 1 of 2 free throws for the final score. The Bulls' David Collins missed two free throws with one second to go.

Nate Pierre-Louis had 14 points for Temple (19-7, 9-4 American Athletic Conference), including two free throws that tied it at 59 to force overtime. J.P. Moorman II added eight rebounds.

Temple trailed 23-20 at halftime, a season low for first-half points.

Rideau had 16 points for the Bulls (17-8, 7-6). David Collins added 15 points and Xavier Castaneda had 11.

The Owls improve to 2-0 against the Bulls for the season. Temple defeated South Florida 82-80 on Jan. 12. Temple plays Tulsa at home next Saturday. South Florida matches up against Houston on the road next Saturday.

Shizz Alston Jr. drops 28 points as Temple picks up big win over SMU

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Shizz Alston Jr. drops 28 points as Temple picks up big win over SMU

BOX SCORE

Shizz Alston Jr. had 28 points as Temple topped SMU 82-74 on Wednesday night.

Nate Pierre-Louis had 16 points and nine rebounds for Temple (18-7, 8-4 American Athletic Conference). Quinton Rose added 15 points. J.P. Moorman II had nine rebounds and seven assists for the hosts.

Jahmal McMurray had 22 points for the Mustangs (12-12, 4-8), who have now lost five games in a row. Ethan Chargois added 17 points and eight rebounds. Isiaha Mike had 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Temple faces South Florida on the road on Saturday. SMU plays Connecticut at home next Thursday.