NCAA Game Summary - Memphis at Temple
(Saturday, January 11th)
Final Score: (24) Memphis 79, Temple 69
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Shaq Goodwin recorded team-highs with 23 points and 11 rebounds as the No. 24 Memphis Tigers took care of the Temple Owls, 79-69, from Liacouras Center.
Memphis (12-3, 3-1 AAC) didn't have much of a hangover following its 73-67 road win over Louisville on Thursday, hammering Temple on the boards by a 44-27 margin, including a 16-4 advantage on the offensive glass.
Michael Dixon Jr. scored 15 points off the bench, while Joe Jackson added 10 points and six assists in the win.
Dalton Pepper scored a game-high 24 points for the Owls (5-9, 0-4), who dropped their fourth straight game overall.
Quenton DeCosey netted 18 points, while Will Cummings added 11 points in his return to the lineup from a concussion.
"We had to be careful playing him. We tried to spot him in the first half," Owls coach Fran Dunphy said of Cummings.
Temple maintained its one-point halftime advantage midway through the second half, but Dixon hit back-to-back 3s as part of an 11-2 run for Memphis.
Chris Crawford followed Dixon with a triple of his own and Jackson made a dunk to cap the spurt and give the Tigers a 59-51 edge.
Later, DeCosey banked in a 3 with the shot clock winding down to pull Temple within six, 67-61, with 5:00 to play.
The lead remained six for Memphis with under two minutes to go when Crawford missed a layup and David Pellom recovered the offensive rebound and converted his layup attempt.
Jackson knocked down two free throws with 58.3 seconds left to increase the cushion to 77-67 and all but seal it for the visitors.
The Owls took their first lead of the game after Pepper knocked down a 3 and then followed with a pair of free throws for a 21-20 advantage at 7:41 of the first half.
No team led by more than five the rest of the frame and Pepper's 3 to end the stanza handed Temple a 37-36 lead at the break.
Memphis improved to 6-5 all-time against Temple, also winning the most recent matchup, a 78-77 victory at Madison Square Garden in the 2002 NIT semifinals ... DeCosey has scored in double figures in every game this season ... Memphis shot 45.6 percent (30-for-66) from the field, but just 27.8 percent (5-for-18) from beyond the arc ... Temple shot an efficient 57.1 percent (8-for-14) from deep ... Anthony Lee finished with nine points and nine rebounds for the Owls, but shot 3-of-8 from the free-throw line ... Memphis finished with 21 assists compared to 10 for Temple ... The Tigers host UConn on Thursday ... Temple will look for its inaugural AAC win when it travels to Cincinnati on Tuesday.
01/12 02:25:23 ET