HARTFORD, Conn. -- By his own high standards, Temple point guard Will Cummings didn't enjoy the best first half during Friday's 80-75 American Athletic Conference quarterfinal at the XL Center.
Actually, by any standards, Cummings didn't have a major impact on the game. He only attempted three shots, making two and went to the foul line just once, missing his only free throw.
In addition, Cummings had three assists but also three turnovers.
In the second half, he was the difference maker he's been all season. Cummings had 17 points and took only four shots, making three.
The difference was that Cummings kept getting to the foul line and converting.
He was 10 for 10 in the second half from, while also dishing out three assists and turning the ball over once.
"We're a team that likes to get to the free throw line," Cummings said. " I'm a guy that can get there, too, we are just trying to emphasize on putting guys in foul trouble and making sure we stay aggressive."
How aggressive was he?
Consider that Cummings made more free throws than the entire Memphis team. The Tigers were just 8 for 14 from the foul line the entire game.
Temple, with Cummings going 10 for 11, shot 22 for 29, including 17 of 20 in the second half. Cummings, as he has all season led the way, drawing fouls and making the ensuing free throws.