Temple has its roots firmly in the gritty tradition of Philadelphia basketball, not much flash but loads of defense and unselfishness. San Diego State has no tradition beyond all that gorgeous beach — and a handful of NCAA tournament defeats before this year.
The Temple University men’s basketball team is headed to Tucson, Ariz., as their NCAA Tournament opener with Penn State on Thursday creeps closer.
Lavoy Allen scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Temple to a 90-82 win over La Salle on Saturday in the regular-season finale for both teams.
Ramone Moore scored 24 points, Juan Fernandez had 20, and #23 Temple used a 16-0 run to batter Richmond, 73-53, on Thursday night.
Now ranked 23rd in the country in the AP poll, the Owls are preparing for Thursday night’s game at the Liacouras Center against a very good Richmond team.
Scootie Randall scored 27 points as Temple defeated Rhode Island 80-67 Saturday afternoon for its fourth straight win.
Bill Clark had 22 points and Duquesne limited No. 19 Temple to 31 percent shooting in winning its sixth consecutive game, 78-66 on Saturday.
Ramone Moore scored 15 points and Temple defeated Saint Louis 57-53 on Sunday.
Micheal Eric had 14 points and nine rebounds to lead five starters in double-digit scoring and No. 22 Temple beat Toledo 82-49 on Sunday.