Sophomore center Anthony Lee scored a career-high 21 points in last Saturday's 83-79 upset against…
Temple became just the sixth program with 1,800 wins – joining Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, Duke and Syracuse – with a resounding 75-57 win over Bowling Green at the Liacouras Center on Monday.
"When I first came to Temple seven years ago, I knew the quality of people who had gone before me," said Temple coach Fran Dunphy. "Coaching at Temple, I have a responsibility and accountability to the institution and the people who gave me a chance. It's a wonderful institution with a spectacular tradition and history, and I'm pleased to be a small part of it.
"This puts us amongst some pretty heavy hitters and Temple should be very proud of its position."
The Owls also improved to 10-2 this year, playing for the first time since the upset win over Syracuse at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 22. A game against Detroit scheduled for Friday was postponed, leaving Temple with a nine-day layoff between games.
There didn't appear to be any rust as the Owls accomplished what had been a struggle this year – blowing out a team they were expected to beat easily.
"We got stops when we needed them, got a little cushion unlike other games and kept it on them," said senior Khalif Wyatt, who a game after scoring 33 against Syracuse tallied seven but dished out eight assists. "Some games we don't need me to score, Scootie (Randall) was hitting shots, Rahlir (Hollis-Jefferson) had a nice game, Will (Cummings), Dalton (Pepper), Jake (O'Brien) were hitting shots, I was just filling out the game.
"Today we needed somebody to get guys some shots and we did a good job sharing the ball. It's just another step along the way."
How good of a job did they do sharing the ball? The Owls had 23 assists on 27 baskets, and defensively they held Falcon guard Jordan Crawford to four points, nearly 13 points below his average. The win avenged a 67-64 loss at Bowling Green last year.
"T.J. and Will did a great job of once (Crawford) gave the ball up the ball, not letting him get it back and just hound him when he did have it," said Wyatt. "He's a really good player and makes everything happen for them. Last year was a toughness issue. Today we showed a little bit of toughness, made big stops and rebounds and put them away and kept them away."
Reserve Jake O'Brien, continuing to provide a huge spark off the bench, led the way with 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting. The senior transferred from Boston University in the offseason.
"It's been a little bit of an adjustment period, but as we move forward I'm getting more comfortable and the guys are getting comfortable (with me)," said O'Brien. "It's different from what I was doing at BU, but I'm embracing the role."
Scootie Randall and Anthony Lee both had double-doubles, while Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson and Dalton Pepper hit double figures as well. Pepper's 10 points on 3-of-3 shooting was his highest output as an Owl and came one game after he didn't play against Syracuse.
An ankle injury to freshman Quenton DeCosey gave Pepper a longer look and he took advantage.
"I asked (Pepper) and he said his confidence is back," said Randall. "He's shooting it well, practicing well. I tell him all the time he's a good player. From here on out, he'll take a big step."
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