NCAA Game Summary - Bowling Green at Temple
(Monday, December 31)
Final Score: Temple 75, Bowling Green 57
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Jake O'Brien scored 15 points, leading five players in double figures, as the Temple Owls took out the Bowling Green Falcons, 75-57, for the 1,800th win in program history.
Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson and Scootie Randall both added 11 points, the latter clearing 10 rebounds as well for the Owls (10-2) as they posted their second straight win and the fourth in the last five outings. Also having strong efforts for Temple were Anthony Lee and Dalton Pepper with 10 points apiece, the former capturing 10 rebounds as well.
Khalif Wyatt, who entered the contest as the leading scorer for the Owls with 16.2 ppg, was limited to seven points on only 1-of-7 shooting from the floor, although he did hand out eight assists in 30 minutes of action.
The Falcons (5-8) were paced by A'uston Calhoun who scored a game-high 22 points and also pulled down nine boards, but he was the only double-digit scorer for the program as they lost their fourth in a row.
Temple opened the meeting on a 12-6 run and eventually led by as many as 16 when O'Brien knocked down a 3-pointer at the 2:43 mark, before settling in with a 39-25 advantage at the break.
In the second half the Owls continued to play well at the defensive end of the floor, taking a 29-point advantage with just over three minutes remaining, en route to the 18-point victory.
Temple recorded a season-high 23 assists in the outing and held the visitors to only 37.7 percent success from the floor overall, including 4-of-16 behind the 3-point line.
One of only 10 Division I programs with at least 1,700 all-time victories, Temple is currently sixth on the all-time list behind Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, Duke and Syracuse.
12/31 17:06:07 ET