By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Temple Owls will be home on Wednesday as they welcome the Charlotte 49ers to the Liacouras Center in Atlantic 10 action.
Temple is coming off a heartbreaking loss at Hagan Arena on Saturday to St. Joe’s. The Owls looked like they were in control, leading by nine with 5:39 left, but the Hawks outscored Temple 18-8 from there, taking a 70-69 decision.
“We didn’t do a good job down the stretch,” Temple head coach Fran Dunphy tells KYW Newsradio. “We had our chances. (Hawks guard Carl) Jones hit two big threes for them, they made a couple of real good offensive thrusts at us. We didn’t follow it. We still had our chances late with seven (seconds) and change left, with our best player with the ball. We just couldn’t figure out a way to score that last basket that would’ve gotten us over the hump. St. Joe’s is a really good team, a great environment to play in and we just couldn’t get that done and it’s disappointing.”
Listen to Matt Leon’s interview with Fran Dunphy: