Originally posted on Buzz On Broad  |  Last updated 11/15/11


Zack Rosen and the Penn Quakers gave the Temple Owls their best shot last night, but ultimately fell short as Temple head coach Fran Dunphy yet again defeated his former team, 73-67. The tightly contested Big 5 matchup, the earliest ever in the long history of the famous city hoops series, needed overtime as Penn threatened to upset Temple in the Owls’ first game of the year.

Rosen had 27 points, including four three-pointers in the second half, as he tried to lead the Quakers (1-1) past Temple (1-0) for the first and only time in his Penn career. Dunphy, who coached Penn from 1989-2006, is now 5-1 against his former team.

If there was any night that the Owls were vulnerable, it was this one. Temple was down two key players in senior forward Scootie Randall, out with a meniscus injury he suffered over the summer, and junior guard Khalif Wyatt, who was suspended for one game after playing in a non-sanctioned summer league game.

Juan Fernandez led Temple with 19 points, including seven in overtime, to go along with five assists and three rebounds. Shooting guard Ramone Moore added 15 of his own, although it took a 6-of-20 night from the floor to do so. T.J. DiLeo (10 pts) and Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson (10 pts) were the other two Owls to finish in double figures.

DiLeo was the biggest recipient of Wyatt’s suspension, playing 38 minutes and scoring career highs in minutes, points and rebounds, with five. He also picked up his second career block, on one of the key defensive plays of the game.

Temple trailed 57-56 with under a minute remaining before Moore made one of two free throws to tie the game. Rosen got the ball on the inbounds and took it up the left side of the court, looking for a shot--which he took, and was promptly rejected by DiLeo.

After Rosen hit yet another three-pointer in overtime, making it 62-61 Quakers, the Owls finally took control of the game. Moore and Fernandez hit back-to-back three-pointers to make the score 69-64, and even a seventh Rosen shot from long-distance wasn’t enough to hold Temple back.

On the ensuing inbounds play, Miles Cartwright was called for an intentional foul. Penn head coach Jerome Allen then picked up a technical on the protest, and Fernandez hit both technicals to stretch the lead to four points with seven seconds remaining, icing the game.

Penn got in the game early thanks to two quick fouls by Fernandez that put the Argentine point guard on the bench and forced DiLeo into the game maybe earlier than Dunphy would have liked. Temple was never able to lead by more than four points in the half, while Penn was up by as much as eight.

The Owls shot 29-of-66 (43.9%) for the game, including 6-of-17 (35.3%) from beyond the arc, and 9-of-17 (52.9%) from the charity stripe. The Quakers shot 27-of-58 (46.6%) from the floor, 7-for-19 (36.8%) from three point land and 6-for-9 (66.7%) from the free-throw line. Temple outrebounded Penn 31-26, including 13 offensive rebounds to the Quakers' five. Temple turned the ball over 13 times compared to 16 Penn turnovers, though Penn had 15 assists to Temple's 14. 

Temple’s next game comes in Puerto Rico, as part of the Five-Hour Energy Puerto Rico Tip-Off. They play Western Michigan on Thursday at 10:30am. The game will be televised on ESPN-U.

Josh Verlin is the college sports editor for BuzzOnBroad.com. Follow him on Twitter

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