In Fran Dunphy's fourth season on North Broad Street, Temple is channeling John Chaney.
In a game the old coach would have loved, the Owls shot 30 percent, missed 14 of 17 from the arc and beat Penn State, 45-42, Saturday at the Liacouras Center.
Temple senior Ryan Brooks (game-high 19 points) hit two free throws with 11.6 seconds left and then, along with his teammates, guarded the three-point arc in the final seconds as Penn State never got off a shot.
It was the third game this season the Owls (6-2) scored in the 40s, but the first one they won. Temple won because its 14 offensive rebounds and plus-eight turnover margin gave it 17 more field goal attempts than Penn State (5-3). And its defense, anchored by the amazing Lavoy Allen in the lane, was nearly impenetrable.
Several Owls played Nittany Lions star Talor Battle in the first half and then Brooks took over in the second half. When Battle did get into the lane, Allen was always waiting. Battle shot just 3-for-15 and it was absolutely team defense that made it so difficult.
Allen shot just 3-for-12, but he had 12 rebounds (seven offensive). And his defensive positioning was fundamentally perfect.
"He is the best I've ever coached at that," Dunphy said.
Allen didn't really guard a man as much as he guarded an area, almost a free safety in the lane. Only there was nothing free in his area.
Drexel and Temple do not meet this season. If they did, the under would be the play.
The Dragons don't make too many shots, nor do they let their opponents. Just like the Owls.
Owls-Dragons might be first team to 40, if anybody ever got there.
Drexel beat Northeastern in the Colonial Athletic Association opener at the DAC, 49-47. Last season, same venue, Northeastern won, 47-46.
The Dragons (4-5, 1-0 CAA) got 16 points from Samme Givens. Point guard Jamie Harris had 12 points, five assists and three steals.