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The Temple Owls escape with the 81-77 win over the Georgia Bulldogs

Temple improved to 3-0 after a big win over Georgia in a close game that ended with a final score of 81-77 after a huge attempt at a comeback win by the Bulldogs.

The Temple Owls men’s basketball team hosted Georgia for what turned into a very competitive game. The Temple Owls jumped out to a nice lead in the first half. They were up by 11 at the half, 45-34. The Bulldogs were not going to go down easily, nearly pulling off the huge comeback. Georgia had 36 bench points as that fueled the comeback in this one.

Georgia did outscore Temple in the second half, 43-36, but the Owls barely held on for their win. The Bulldogs had a chance to tie it with the clock nearing zero. Bulldog’s forward, Derek Ogbeide took a game-tying shot that he missed and led to an Owls rebound and two free throws to seal the victory.
Ogbeide ended the contest with a double-double, with 16 points and 11 rebounds for his team. Ogbeide’s effort was not enough to complete the comeback win. Georgia drops to 1-1 on the year as that is the first loss for new coach Tom Crean.

Temple was led by their stellar guards. Shizz Alston Jr. and Quinton Rose both had 25 points in the win. These two helped preserve their lead and keep the team undefeated on the year. Both of these players have played great in the first three games of the year. Temple and coach Fran Dunphy will look to rely on them heavily going forward.

The Owls are now 3-0 on the season. They have yet to have a road game, but they have looked excellent at home. They play another home game on Friday night against Loyola Maryland. After they play that game, they will go on a four-game road trip, which includes a game against the National Champion Villanova Wildcats on December 5. They will return home on December 12 against UMass.

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