The Temple Owls and Kent State Golden Flashes spent Monday night in Philadelphia matching each other bucket for bucket. For the better part of 40 minutes. Temple held off Kent State before the Golden Flashes finally overcame and won 81-77.
Throughout the first half, the Owls outfought Kent down low, helping them to a four-point halftime lead.
Kent State missed nine first-half shots in the paint, compared to four makes. Temple also benefitted from shooting 16 first-half free throws (making 11). The Golden Flashes poured in seven 3-pointers with Derek Johnson hitting three and Devareaux Manley contributing two in the first half alone.
The second half remained tight as Mark Henniger hit a layup with 4:40 remaining in the contest to give Kent State its first lead (70-69) since leading 3-2. Temple kept up their torrid pace in the second half, continuing to get in close and put in buckets from 2-6 feet.
Ultimately the 3-point shooting proved to be the difference as Coach Rob Senderoff's squad hit 11 of 22 treys in the hard-fought contest, four in the second half.
The Owls received considerable contributions from numerous players, five of which scored in double figures. Will Cummings led the way for Temple with 17 points.