No. 22 Temple 82, Toledo 49

Temple has time to savor its thumping of Toledo. May as well

enjoy the laughers now and get the deep reserves all the garbage

time they can play, because tougher teams are sure to give the Owls

fits.

Micheal Eric had 14 points and nine rebounds to lead five

starters in double-digit scoring and No. 22 Temple beat Toledo

82-49 on Sunday.

The Owls (2-0) dominated from the opening tip and had little

resistance from the undermanned and overwhelmed Rockets. The Owls

had five starters scoring in double figures before the midway point

of the second half in their first game against Toledo (0-2) since

1986.

Temple went on early 12-0 and 13-0 runs in a rare automatic W

among a loaded nonconference schedule. No. 1 Duke, No. 6 Villanova,

No. 20 Georgetown and Maryland are all on the schedule for coach

Fran Dunphy’s Owls.

”Everything was kind of going our way, but it was a situation

where Toledo was outmanned,” Dunphy said.

Ramone Moore and Lavoy Allen each scored 12 points for Temple,

Scootie Randall had 11 and Juan Fernandez 10.

The Rockets lost their second straight game to a ranked team,

losing the opener to No. 13 Illinois, 84-45.

Toledo lost its 34th straight road game.

Temple can thank its football team for these easy MAC games. The

Owls are obligated to play Mid-American Conference teams as part of

the agreement that lets the football team play in that

conference.

After opening with wins over Seton Hall and Toledo in three

days, the Owls face an 11-day break.

”I think we’re getting better, that’s what you hope,” Dunphy

said. ”We were sloppy at the end of the game Friday night. We

eliminated some of that sloppiness today.”

Moore was the Atlantic 10’s sixth man of the year last season

and has quickly found his niche in the starting lineup. He led the

Owls with 14 points in the season-opening win against Seton Hall

and scored nine in the first half against Toledo. Moore’s been

solid with his shot, 12 for 23 in the first two games.

Toledo’s Zack Leahy, who scored 15 points, hit his first two

shots for a 4-2 lead. Temple took over from there.

Randall hit a 3 for the lead and, after one more basket by

Leahy, the Owls started a 12-0 run that put the game away. Randall

and Moore hit 3s during the run, and Eric scored consecutive

baskets to deflate the Rockets.

”We were able to score inside mostly at will because we wanted

to score,” Eric said.

The Owls kept pestering Toledo and capitalized off nine

first-half turnovers. Fernandez picked off a pass in the lane and

fed to Moore for a nice bucket in transition and a 38-13 lead. That

capped the 13-0 run and helped the Owls lead 40-16 at halftime.

Moore opened the second half with a 3 and Randall wowed the

crowd with a thunderous dunk that made it 45-18.

About the only suspense from there was when Temple was going to

empty the bench.

Jake Godino, who earned a roster spot last season as a walk-on,

scored his first career points on a 3-pointer with 2:44 left that

drew a roar from the crowd.

”Seeing him out there, making shots, playing really well, it

felt really good for us as a team,” Eric said. ”It showed we are

a team right there.”

Godino will have time to savor the points – Temple won’t play

again until Nov. 25.

”Not much we can do about it,” Dunphy said.

Dunphy had to be pleased the Owls never got sloppy even as the

game turned into a rout. The Owls had only six turnovers and 26

assists on 36 field goals, the kind of numbers they’ll need to

knock off those future Top 25 opponents.

Allen, Randall and Eric had no turnovers, and Fernandez and

Moore each had one.

”When you’re playing a team that is outmanned, you want the

intensity to remain where it is, and we did what we needed to do

there,” Dunphy said.

Dunphy’s only minor complaint was 4 for 7 from the free-throw

line, but there was little reason for Toledo to foul.

Toledo kept playing hard and shot 50 percent in the second

half.

”We have to understand that we have to do the basic things well

and not commit turnovers,” Toledo coach Tod Kowalczyk said.