Philadelphia, PA – SMU rolled past Temple 66-50 Thursday night while playing only six players, all of whom are between 6-6 and 6-8. “We’re kind of a unique team in that we are all wings. We’ve learned to turn that into a team that is tough to match up with,” said SMU Head Coach Tim Jankovich. SMU wasn’t just tough to match up with, they were tough to break down as their stellar defense held Temple to a season-low 50 points.
Mustang guard/forward Semi Ojeleye was exceptional, scoring a season-high 30 points. The 6-7 junior transfer from Duke shot 8-of-16 from the field, including four 3’s, and pulled down ten boards. Ojeleye is a powerful athlete who is difficult to cover because defenses must respect his outside shot (shooting 41percent from deep on the year). “He has the ability to shoot and play inside as well and he is a tough guy to guard because of that,” said Temple’s Obi Enechionyia of Ojeleye.
Adding ten points and nine rebounds in the Mustangs first win as a top-25 team this year was Sterling Brown. The 6-6 senior and reigning American Conference Player of the Week turned the ball over five times and went 0-of-4 from three, but played a big role in holding Temple’s Daniel Dingle and Obi Enechionyia to a combined 6-of-21 from the floor.
Also impressive in the win were 6-8 senior forward Ben Moore and 6-6 sophomore guard Shake Milton. Moore was all over the place, pulling down 12 boards ad coming up with two steals and one massive block in transition on Temple’s Shizz Alton. “Moore is terrific out there… so quick he can guard anyone,” said Temple Head Coach Fran Dunphy. Shake Milton might have the most upside of anyone on the floor. The sophomore guard is SMU’s truest point, and showed great vision with seven assists – most of which were backdoor alley oops.
In the post-game press conference, the buzz in the room was not Semi Ojeleye and his 30 points but rather the play of Temple freshman Quinton Rose. The 6-8 guard is an explosive athlete with a tremendous first step. One reporter even compared him to former Temple great Eddie Jones, a comparison which Temple Head Coach Fran Dunphy had no issue with. Rose finished with 12 points, four rebounds, two steals and a block.
Temple drops to 13-12 on the year and 4-8 in conference. The Owls head to Memphis on the 12th. With the win, SMU rolls to 21-4 and 10-1 in conference. The Mustangs face a very good Cincinnati team at home, also on the 12th.
This article was written by Robert Smuckler, a correspondent and scout for NetScouts Basketball. You can subscribe to our RSS feed from the upper right corner of our home page, follow us on Facebook, or on twitter.
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