Temple junior point guard Josh Brown doesn't have to shoot much to have a major impact on a game. That was certainly the case in Wednesday's 77-73 win over Penn at the Palestra.
Brown took just four shots from the field (making two, including one three pointer). Yet he had a career-high nine assists, and just one turnover. Brown also had six rebounds and hit four consecutive free throws in the final eight seconds to hold off pesky Penn.
Brown played a season-high 38 minutes.
"If his numbers could be like this every night…that is a pretty good performance," Temple coach Fran Dunphy said. "I thought he defended better tonight."
What's interesting is that last year Brown was considered one of Temple's top defensive players. Actually, he still is, but Brown has had to exert so much energy on offense this season.
Brown leads the Owls in minutes played, averaging 32.1 per game. He is averaging 6.6 points and 3.9 rebounds, but his real value comes with the way he has run the team. Brown has 40 assists compared to 11 turnovers. He is also averaging one blocked shot per game.
Like a number of his teammates, Brown had a rough outing in Saturday's 76-60 loss at Wisconsin. He was credited with four assists and four turnovers against the Badgers.
It was the first game in which he had more than two turnovers. Still, Brown was able to shake it off and play arguably his best game of the season