The Temple men's basketball team was on the verge of a fourth straight second-half collapse before…
Finishing has been a problem this fall for the Owls - both football and men's basketball.
Temple has led at the half in all four games but is now just 1-3 on the season with a three-game losing streak after falling to Clemson, 72-58, in the opening round of the Charleston Classic.
The Owls rallied to beat Penn in the final minute of their opening game, but have since watched leads slip away against Kent State, Towson and Clemson. They play a consolation bracket game against Georgia on Friday.
Temple led by as many as 12 points in the first half, but the lead was cut to three by the half and the Tigers took the lead for good on K.J. McDainels' jumper that made it 53-51 with 8:06 to play. It was still a one-point game at the five-minute mark but Rod Hall scored six straight points during a 13-1 run that closed out the game.
The problem down the stretch was Clemson was getting to the basket with ease, while the Owls were running into McDaniels, who finished with seven of the Tigers' 11 blocks.
McDaniels also had 20 points and eight rebounds, while Landry Nnoko scored 10 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as Clemson won the rebounding battle, 45-36.
Will Cummings scored 22 points and only turned the ball over once for Temple, while Quenton DeCosey scored 15 points but struggled again with his shooting percentage, going 4-for-14.
The Owls' slow start is concerning considering the American Athletic Conference schedule they will face this year probably won't enable them to play catch-up the way they have in the past.
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