Courtesy of LoyolaGreyhounds.com
PHILADELPHIA – Temple University made six of its first eight shots from the field and scored the game’s first 16 points Friday, and despite a late Loyola University Maryland run that cut the deficit 10 in the final minutes, the Owls posted an 81-67 victory in the GotPrint.com Legends Classic presented by Old Trapper at Liacouras Center.
The Owls (4-0 overall) scored on eight of their first 10 possessions with Quinton Rose’s fast-break layup making it 16-0 with 16:40 left in the first half. Kenneth Jones stopped the scoreless stretch for Loyola with a 3-pointer on the next possession, but Temple would go up by 17, 23-6, when Rose scored in the paint at 13:32.
Sam Norton made a three for Loyola (1-3) after Rose’s bucket, but moments later, Nate Pierre-Louis hit a three for the Owls, making it a 13-point advantage with 11:04 to go in the first half.
From there, the Greyhounds would go on a 9-2 run, spurred by a traditional 3-point play by Chuck Champion and shots from behind the arc by Champion and James Fives. Fives’ three with 7:22 left in the half, made it a six-point gap, 30-24, but Shizz Alston Jr. and Rose converted baskets to push the advantage back to double-digits for Temple.
The lead hovered between seven and 11 for the next four-plus minutes before an Alston three at 1:49 pushed it to 45-33, a score that would hold going into halftime.
Late in the second half, Temple built 18-point leads on a pair of Rose baskets, but after he made one of two at the free-throw line with 2:31 to play, Brent Holcombe hit a three from the top of the perimeter to start a 7-0 Greyhounds’ run. Andrew Kostecka converted an and-one on a drive and layup, and Jaylin Andrews made the first of two free throws at 1:45, cutting the gap to 77-67.
Andrews’ points, however, were the last Loyola would score as Temple made four free throws in the final two minutes to secure the win.
Holcome had his second career double-double, and his first of the season, scoring 17 points to go with a career-high 12 rebounds. He also had a team-best two blocked shots and four assists.
Kostecka added 14, Jones had 11 and Champion scored 10 for the Greyhounds.
Alston led Temple with 18 points and four assists, while Rose and Pierre-Louis each had 16.
Loyola outrebounded Temple, 36-30, as Champion and Sam Norton each grabbed five to go with Holcombe’s 12.
The Greyhounds continue a four-game road trip on Monday, November 19, when they travel to the Motor City to face Detroit Mercy University in the Legends Classic. Loyola will then play either Bowling Green University or Hampton University the following day at 5 p.m.