Temple Men’s Basketball took down the Tulane Green Wave in an AAC game Saturday, at the Liacouras Center. The Owls got a great game from Junior guard, Quinton Rose, as he led the team to the win 80-69.
Rose, who ended with 29 points, helped the Owls maintain their early lead over Tulane. The Green Wave was creeping back into things late in the game, however, it was not enough for them to take down Temple.
Temple jumped out to a 13-point lead at the end of the first half, and it looked like they would coast to an easy win over a team who has only won four times this season. However, they battled back and put up 39 points in the second half, compared to Temple’s 37 second-half points.
Shizz Alston, Jr. was spectacular once again, this game scoring 22 for the Cherry and the White. Alston also hit another three-pointer in this contest, increasing his streak to 40 straight games with a three-pointer made, which is a new Temple University record.
Analyzing the Win
Temple badly needed this win as they are still in pursuit of the NCAA March Madness Tournament. Many predictors say that the Owls need to win the rest of their regular season games, in order to have a shot at making the tournament. The Owls will have two more games that are must wins.
They have their final road match this Thursday at UConn, a team they have already beaten once this season.
After UConn, they will return home for their final game of the season. In that game, they will be taking on a UCF team who handed Temple their first AAC loss of the year back on January 2.
Right now, the Owls stand at a record of 21-8 and 11-5 in the conference. The Owls are also chasing a first-round bye in the AAC Tournament, which is granted to the top four teams. Houston, Cincinnati, and UCF are ahead of the Owls and have all clinched their first-round byes. The Owls, however, need to win one of their last two in order to clinch. Memphis can also lose one game, and the Owls would clinch.
The game against UCF will be a big one, as it is another Quadrant 1 game for the Owls, and UCF is coming off of a dominant performance on the road against nationally ranked, Houston. Full coverage will be provided for that final game of the season.
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