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Basketball preview: Manhattan at Temple

Manhattan (1-2) at Temple (1-2)

When: Sunday, 2 p.m.

Where: Liacouras Center (10,200).

Television: ESPN3.

Coaches: Manhattan, Steve Masiello (5th season, 93-73);Temple, Fran Dunphy (11th season, 215-122; overall, 525-285);

Series: Temple leads 23-11.

Last meeting: Temple won 59-53 on Jan. 24, 1981.

Points per game: Manhattan, 75 ppg.; Temple, 72 ppg.

Opponents points per game: Manhattan, 79.3 ppg.; Temple, 73 ppg.


Nov. 11 at Bucknell, 64-76

Nov.  16 Winthrop, 81-94

Nov. 18 Hofstra, 80-68


Nov. 11 La Salle, 97-92 OT

Nov. 14 New Hampshire, 52-57

Nov. 17 at UMass, 67-70


Probable Starters

G Zavier Turner, 5-9, Jr., 12.3 ppg.,

G Aaron Walker Jr., 6-2, Fr., 11 ppg.

F Zane Waterman, 6-9, Jr., 8.3 ppg., 7 rpg.

C Ismail Ahmed, 7-2, Jr., 4.6 ppg., 4.6 rpg.

G Thomas Capuano, 6-0, So. 9 ppg.

Key reserves

G Tyler Wilson, 6-0, Sr., 4 ppg.

F Zavier Peart, 6-10, Jr., 8 ppg., 3.3 rpg..


Probable Starters

G Alani Moore, 5-10, Fr., 5.5 ppg., 1.0 apg.

G Shizz Alston Jr., 6-4, So. 10 ppg, 5.3 apg.

G Daniel Dingle, 6-7, r-Sr., 13 ppg., 4.3 rpg., 4.3 apg.

F Obi Enechionyia, 6-10, Jr. 22 ppg., 9 rpg.

C Ernest Aflakpui, 6-10, So. 8 ppg., 8.7 rpg.

Key reserves

F Mark Williams, 6-8, Sr., 3.3 ppg., 3.7 rpg.

G Quinton Rose, 6-8, Fr., 8.3 ppg., 5.3 rpg.

About Manhattan: Zavier Peart had 16 points and Aaron Walker Jr. and Zane Waterman each had 15 points in Friday's win over Hofstra...Peart, who totaled eight points in his first two games, shot 8-9 from the field...The Jaspers hit all 17 of their free throws, led by Walker who was 4-for-4... Manhattan had shot just 64.5 percent from the foul line in its first two games...Against Hofstra, Manhattan also shot 53.7 percent from the field (29-54) and 38 percent from three-point range (5-13)...Center Ismail Ahmed had three personal fouls in eight minutes against Hofstra.

About Temple: Obi Enechionyia tied a career high with 26 points in Thursday's loss at UMass...He has scored at least 20 points in the first three games. The last time a Temple player achieved this feat in the opening three games of the season was then-freshman Mark Macon in 1987-88...In Thursday's loss, Temple shot 26-68 from the field (38.2 percent) while UMass shot 27-55 (49.1 percent)...Temple is shooting 23-77 from three point range (.299)... Shizz Alston has hit just 2 of 18 three's...Point guard Josh Brown, sidelined while recovering from May Achillies tendon surgery, has been participating in practice. "He did a live workout the other day and looked good," coach Fran Dunphy said. "It will be Josh and the doctor coming together and find out what they want to do."