Lavoy Allen had 14 points and 15 rebounds and No. 19 Temple again got plenty of points off the bench to beat Duquesne 76-60 on Wednesday night.
Ryan Brooks and Juan Fernandez, Temple's two leading scorers, were non-factors for the second straight game. Coach Fran Dunphy used his key subs, and even a seldom-used one, to lead the Owls (19-4, 7-1 Atlantic 10) to their eighth win in the last nine games.
Temple's bench scored 25 points in the first half. Ramone Moore led the Owls' reserves with 15 points.
Bill Clark and Eric Evans led Duquesne (11-11, 2-6) with 12 points. This was the first game between the teams since last season's A-10 championship game, won by the Owls.
Allen, a 6-foot-9 forward, was Temple's lone productive starting scorer. He made some nice spin moves in the paint, two right-handed layups down the lane and stabilized the offense when the other starters couldn't find the basket.
Allen scored six points during Temple's 13-2 run early in the second half that put the Owls in control. They built a 20-point lead without much offense from Brooks (15.9 ppg) or Fernandez (12.6). They combined for 11 points.
The bench bailed out the Owls like they did in Saturday's win against La Salle. Moore hit a string of big baskets to close the first half. Rahlir Jefferson scored 11 points and T.J. DiLeo had seven.
Temple's role players were needed early against the Dukes.
Dunphy was as furious with his team as he was all season after Duquesne took a 5-0 lead. Dunphy called a fast timeout and lit into the Owls, his face as cherry red as the stripes on Temple's uniforms. He was nose-to-nose with every rapt Owl in the huddle before sending them back onto the court.
When the Dukes took a 10-4 lead, an unusually animated Dunphy turned and started clapping in the faces of every bench player.
His fiery antics were only one way he got Temple's attention. Another was calling in the reserves.
Dunphy turned to DiLeo, who had played only 85 minutes in 15 games this season, to send a message and spark the Owls. DiLeo was a hit in his 14 minutes. He hit a 3-pointer, then stole the ball at midcourt and dunked for a 31-23 lead.
His father, Tony DiLeo, is the Philadelphia 76ers assistant general manager/VP of basketball operations.
Moore scored seven of Temple's last nine points of the first half to take a 42-34 lead. The lead would have been bigger except Clark nailed a buzzer-beating 3 for the Dukes that made Dunphy smack his hands in disgust.
Temple committed seven turnovers in the first half _ an atypical number for a team that ranked sixth nationally in fewest turnovers per game (10.5).
Fernandez sat glumly on the bench with a towel over his shoulder, while Brooks sat nearby with little chance of playing. Brooks and Fernandez did not score a point in a combined 8 minutes as the Owls scored their most points in a first half this season.
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