Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Temple tops Penn as Big Five play commences

Philadelphia, PA -- Mark Williams poured in a game and career high 24 points, as the Temple Owls defeated the Penn Quakers, 76-67, as the 2014-15 Big Five season kicked off for both city programs at the Liacouras Center.

Williams shot 8-of-12 from the field for Temple (3-2) and 6-of-7 at the foul line. Will Cummings stuffed the stat sheet with 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Quenton DeCosey and John Brown netted 14 and 11 points, respectively.

For Penn (0-4), Tony Hicks scored 17 points, Matt Howard tallied 15 points and Darien Nelson-Henry logged 12 points and eight rebounds.

Jacked up in front of a friendly crowd on North Broad Street, the Owls jumped out to an early 12-2 lead over the first 4 1/2 minutes, but Penn stole that momentum and turned the tables with a 16-5 run of its own to take an 18-17 lead just past the 10-minute mark.

The next five minutes saw three ties as the teams battled back and forth. Temple pulled back ahead by five with 5:20 left, but Hicks came right back with five points for Penn for another deadlock.

Temple went into intermission with a 44-37 lead after shooting 41.9 percent from the field in the first half. Penn lagged behind at just 36.7 percent shooting.

The Owls built a lead as large as 11 in the second half, but while the Quakers managed to get their deficit to just one, 60-59, with under 10 minutes to play, they were never able to take the lead. Temple knocked down 6-of-7 at the foul line over the final 1:15 to seal their opponents' fate.

Penn committed a game-high 19 turnovers, which Temple was able to covert into 21 points. The Owls have won eight in a row over their Ivy rivals, since dropping a 76-74 decision at the Palestra on Jan. 24, 2007. Temple also upped its record to 14-3 against Penn since 2000.
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