Texas-sized Defeat

Fran Dunphy

Everything's bigger in Texas, including it seems the losses. Temple got thumped by SMU and former Sixers coach Larry Brown, 75-52, on Thursday night for the Owls' 10th loss in the last 11 games. The final score was as lopsided as the two teams' records would indicate with Temple dropping to 6-15 overall and 1-8 in the American, while the Mustangs improved to 18-5, 7-3.

Everything's bigger in Texas, including it seems the losses.

Temple got thumped by SMU and former Sixers coach Larry Brown, 75-52, on Thursday night for the Owls' 10th loss in the last 11 games. The final score was as lopsided as the two teams' records would indicate with Temple dropping to 6-15 overall and 1-8 in the American, while the Mustangs improved to 18-5, 7-3.

Despite the Owls' miserable record, they have been competitive in most games this season. But the last two games – including a home setback against nationally-ranked and Big 5 rival Villanova – have gotten away from them, particularly Thursday night's contest which was over in the first half.

SMU went up 14 points in the first half, led by 12 at the break and disproved the theory that every team makes a run.

The Mustangs put five players in double figures, led by Shawn Williams' and Markus Kennedy's 14 points each, and their defense forced 10 blocks and eight steals. Dalton Pepper scored 15 points for Temple, which was undone by 15 turnovers and 30 percent shooting.

"I like SMU a lot, they're very efficient on offense and obviously have been playing great defense all year long," said Dunphy. "I thought we would struggle to score on offense and I was correct in that assumption. They just have a really solid team, and they're really cooking right now."

Anthony Lee posted a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. The Owls finish their Texas two-step by playing Houston on Sunday.

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