No. 19 Temple 76, Duquesne 60
Trailing 5-0, Temple coach Fran Dunphy was as furious with the
Owls as he had been all season. He called a fast timeout and lit
into the Owls, his face as cherry red as the stripes on Temple’s
About two hours later, a considerably calmer Dunphy explained
his timeout outburst.
“Pay attention to your details, be focused and rebound with
discipline,” Dunphy said. “So yeah, I was a little disappointed
He had little to complain about the rest of the way.
Lavoy Allen had 14 points and 15 rebounds and No. 19 Temple
again got plenty of points off the bench to beat Duquesne 76-60 on
Ryan Brooks and Juan Fernandez, Temple’s two leading scorers,
were non-factors for the second straight game. Dunphy used his key
subs, and even a seldom-used one, to lead the Owls (19-4, 7-1
Atlantic 10) to their eighth win in the last nine games.
“It was a statement by the coaches to say we’ve got to have our
act together a little more than we did,” Dunphy said.
Temple’s bench scored 25 points in the first half. Ramone Moore
led the Owls’ reserves with 15 points.
Allen, a 6-foot-9 forward, was Temple’s lone productive starting
scorer. He made some nice spin moves in the paint, two right-handed
layups down the lane and stabilized the offense when the other
starters couldn’t find the basket.
Allen scored six points during Temple’s 13-2 run early in the
second half that put the Owls in control. They built a 20-point
lead without much offense from Brooks (15.9 ppg) or Fernandez
(12.6). They combined for 11 points.
The bench bailed out the Owls like they did in Saturday’s win
against La Salle. Moore hit a string of big baskets to close the
first half. Rahlir Jefferson scored 11 points and T.J. DiLeo had
Temple’s role players were needed early against the Dukes.
Dunphy was nose-to-nose with every rapt Owl in the huddle in that
early 30-second timeout before sending them back onto the
When the Dukes took a 10-4 lead, an unusually animated Dunphy
turned and started clapping in the faces of every bench player.
“Coach just wasn’t having it today,” Moore said. “He brought
the bench in early and whoever made a mistake was coming out. I
think we had to get our act together and I think in the second half
we did that.”
Allen said he’d seen Dunphy blow up before, “but this time was
the worst of them all.”
Dunphy is about as mild-mannered as any coach. But when the Owls
fail to box out and allow easy layups, he won’t hold back.
“I think if you came to some of our practices, you’d see
another side of me,” Dunphy said. “I get very unhappy when I
don’t think guys are working as hard as they possibly can.”
Dunphy turned to DiLeo, who had played only 85 minutes in 15
games this season, to send a message and spark the Owls. DiLeo was
a hit in his 14 minutes. He hit a 3-pointer, then stole the ball at
midcourt and dunked for a 31-23 lead.
“When he plays, he plays well, and when he doesn’t play, you
never hear about it,” Dunphy said.
His father, Tony DiLeo, is the Philadelphia 76ers assistant
general manager/VP of basketball operations.
Moore scored seven of Temple’s last nine points of the first
half to take a 42-34 lead. The lead would have been bigger except
Clark nailed a buzzer-beating 3 for the Dukes that made Dunphy
smack his hands in disgust.
Bill Clark and Eric Evans led Duquesne (11-11, 2-6) with 12
points. This was the first game between the teams since last
season’s A-10 championship game, won by the Owls.
“It was a little disheartening on my end because I didn’t think
we played that poorly and we still got blown out pretty good,”
Dukes coach Ron Everhart said.
Temple committed seven turnovers in the first half – an atypical
number for a team that ranked sixth nationally in fewest turnovers
per game (10.5).
Fernandez sat glumly on the bench with a towel over his
shoulder, while Brooks sat nearby with little chance of playing.
Brooks and Fernandez, who took a severe blow to the head against
Fordham, did not score a point in a combined 8 minutes as the Owls
scored their most points in a first half this season.
No worries. The bench had the game under control.
“It’s been unbelievable what they’ve given us,” Dunphy