By Kayla Solomon
After a tough loss to East Carolina, Temple basketball only had one thing in mind,
winning. The University of Southern Florida Bulls (5-18, 2-8 in AAC) were looking
for their third straight win, but to no avail.
On Jan. 31, the Temple Owls touched down in sunny Tampa and left with a 70-63
victory. Temple senior Quenton DeCosey had a career-high 30 points, scoring 20 in
the first half alone. Sophomore Obi Enechionyia contributed with 4-for-9 shooting,
ending the game with 13 total points.
Another noteworthy performance came from freshman Trey Lowe, who has been a
consistent scorer as a starter. He proved his role with 11 points of his own. Senior
captain Jaylen Bond returned to the lineup after missing the last two games with a
back injury. He scored eight points off the bench.
The Bulls managed to stay in the game, despite having only seven players on their
active roster. Senior Angel Nunez led the team with 16 points. Sophomore Ruben
Guerrero and freshman Jahmal McMurray were right behind with 14 points apiece.
USF had an impressive day with 22-for-48 (46 percent) shooting, slightly better
than Temple’s 40 percent shooting.
With this win, the Owls move to 12-8 on the season with a 6-3 record in the AAC.
The Owls are now part of a three-way tie with Cincinnati and Tulsa for second place
in the conference.