PHILADELPHIA - Duquesne lost to Temple today 78-59 for the Owls' 10th straight win.
Temple shot 57.7 percent and are now 21-5, 10-2 in the A-10.
These guys are legit.
Guards Juan Fernandez and Khalif Wyatt scored a combined 44 points, and had a combined 9 assists.
Fernandez finished by draining 6-of-7 from 3-point range.
A-10 leading scorer Ramone Moore was held to just three points but had eight assists.
B.J. Monteiro had a team-high 20 points for Duquesne.
Temple really has the most weapons of any team I’ve seen so far in the A-10 when you add in 6-11C Michael Eric and 6-6 F Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson.
As a disclaimer I have not seen Saint Louis yet - and it sounds like they are also very impressive.
I also haven't Saint Joseph’s yet, but have seen all of the other teams above Duquesne in the standings: Xavier, Massachusetts, Dayton, LaSalle, and St. Bonaventure.
While they all have talent as well, and the parity in this league is pretty obvious, Temple sets the bar so far in my opinion.
That’s why I actually think in the long run this game will prove helpful to Duquesne.
They actually played pretty well, found ways around Temple’s height advantage, and kept pace within five points for much of the first half and 10 points for much of the second half.
Still that wasn’t much solace to players.
The Dukes forced 12 turnovers, but had 11 of their own.
The Dukes shot just 36.5 percent, and were only 8-of-14 from the free throw line.
B.J. Monteiro: “We played hard but we’ve got to play a little smarter.”
Monteiro on Fernandez: “We tried to deny him the ball. He’s a really crafty player and he got his open looks,” said Monteiro.”
Ron Everhart said they adjusted in the second half after Fernandez drained 4-of-4 from 3-point range trying to stay tighter.
But Temple had an answer for everything: “That’s what good teams do to you. They make you frustrated. I thought there were times we played pretty well did things well just got no results out of. They made it that tough.”