Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Temple's Dunphy, Randall to be honored

For the second straight year Temple University head coach Fran Dunphy has been named the recipient of the Harry Litwack Award given to the Eastern College Coach of the Year while junior forward Scootie Randall will be honored with the George Paulll Award given to the Big Five’s Most Improved Player. The awards will be presented at the Philadelphia Big Five Banquet, Monday, April 25 in the Fox-Gittis Room at the Liacouras Center.

Dunphy, who has won the award three times during his five years at Temple, guided the Owls to a 26-8 record and a fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance.  The Owls defeated Penn State in the second round for the program’s first NCAA win in a decade before falling in double overtime to second-seeded and fifth-ranked San Diego State in the third round.  Dunphy had Temple in the national rankings for eight weeks during the season and led his team to a win over then #9/10 Georgetown in December for his 400th win as a college coach.  He later recorded his 100th at Temple in a February victory at La Salle and his five-year record at Temple now stands at 110-57. 

Randall, who was also named the Atlantic 10 Conference’s Most Improved Player, averaged 10.7 points and 4.7 rebounds which was over nine points (1.7 ppg,) and three rebounds (1.4 rpg.) more than his sophomore season.   The Philadelphia native (Communications Tech) had been the team’s leading scorer over an eight-game stretch, averaging 17.4 points per game, just prior to suffering a right foot injury in a win over Richmond (2/17).  That injury would keep him on the sidelines until the NCAA Tournament where he played limited minutes.  Randall set new career-highs in virtually every category and led the team in three-point field goals made per game (1.9 pg.)

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