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

uniforms.

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

by that.”

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

Wednesday night.

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

seven.

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

court.

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

said.