Temple junior forward Obi Enechionyia got off to a sizzling start but he has cooled off lately and coach Fran Dunphy says it's now his time to make an adjustment against defenses that are taking him out of his game.
Enechionyia had seven points in Wednesday's 56-50 loss to No. 23 Cincinnati in the opening American Athletic Conference game for both teams at the Liacouras Center.
He is averaging a team-high 15.5 points but has averaged 7.75 points in his last four games.
This came after he began the season averaging 21 points in his first seven games.
"He is not getting too many open looks and now faces the next progression in his game," Temple coach Fran Dunphy said. "...They are running at him different than weeks ago and people are figuring it out and he has to make the adjustment."
When asked if he sensed frustration in the 6-foot-10 Enechionyia, Dunphy didn't hesitate.
"Sure," he said. "Anybody off to that kind of start that is getting guarded differently and is struggling, sure it is frustrating."
Enechionyia was 0 for 5 from beyond the arc against Cincinnati and in the last four games he is shooting 5 for 22 from three-point range.
Last season he had these type of hot and cold streaks but never has Enechionyia encountered so much defensive attention.
So it's his time to make the move and he will get his next chance when the 9-5 Owls resume action at a vastly improved 10-3 Central Florida team on New Year's Eve.