Sunday, January 11, 2015

Owls fall to Tulsa as Cummings exits with injury


Philadelphia, PA -- Shaquille Harrison scored 24 points and grabbed six rebounds as the Tulsa Golden Hurricane defeated the Temple Owls, 63-56, in an American Athletic Conference battle at the Liacouras Center on Saturday afternoon. 

Harrison's day was aided by a 10-of-12 performance from the free-throw line. James Woodward added 13 points for the Golden Hurricane (10-5, 3-0 A-10). The win was the fifth in a row for Tulsa.

As for the Owls, (12-5, 3-1), Jaylen Bond scored 16 points and pulled down 14 rebounds and Quenton DeCosey added 12 points. Jesse Morgan made just one of his 17 field goal attempts and came up empty on 13 shots behind the 3-point line on the day.

In the first half Tulsa shot a dismal 16.0 percent from the field and missed all seven shots from 3-point range. Temple shot 28.6 percent from the field and 27.3 percent beyond the arc as it took a 23-17 lead into the break.

The Golden Hurricane knocked down an impressive 56.0 percent from the field and 4-of-8 on the perimeter in the second half as they overcame an 11-point deficit in order to secure the win. 

Temple didn't help its cause with ice-cold shooting from that point, going more than eight minutes without a field goal while Tulsa used a 19-1 run to take the lead for good. The sudden burst by the visitors came after Owls senior point guard Will Cummings left the game with a strained muscle in his lower left leg and was pronounced day-to-day.

Even after that, the Owls didn't quit. DeCosey hit a three-pointer that narrowed the margin to four, 56-52 with 2:14 remaining. Josh Brown went 2-of-2 at the line with 26 seconds left to cut the deficit to three, but it was as close as Temple could get. 

The Hurricane made 4-of-6 at the line in the final 25 seconds while the Owls missed three shots from the field.
 
Temple, which forced 18 turnovers, connected on just 5-of-27 chances behind the 3-point line on the day.
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