If anything positive could be taken from Temple's 66-63 loss to George Washington Wednesday at the Liacouras Center, it was the expanded role and the production of senior point guard Josh Brown.
Playing only his third game after recovering from May 25 Achilles tendon surgery, Brown came off the bench to score 10 points, in 24 minutes. He hit 4 of 5 from the field, including 2 of 3 three-pointers. Brown also recorded two assists and no turnovers.
His three-pointer with 2 minutes and 45 left began a string of nine unanswered points that would eventually tie the score at 61.
In his first two games, Brown had averaged 4.5 points in 12.5 minutes.
"I had the groove early and let the game come to me," Brown said.
The additional minutes had a major impact not only on Brown, but the team.
"It feels great with him being out there," said fellow senior Daniel Dingle, who led the Owls with 14 points. "He adds intensity to the game."
Brown was coming off a game where he played just 11 minutes, scoring five points and shooting 3 of 6 from the foul line in Saturday's 70-62 win over Penn.
"I don't think he played his best basketball against Penn but thought he was terrific tonight in so many different ways," Temple coach Fran Dunpy said.
And if Brown can keep progressing it will provide the 6-3 Owls with some much needed depth.