By Sam Bush
Pookie Powell drilled a 3-pointer and then B.J. Johnson then sank two free throws and blocked a late layup as LaSalle handed Temple (3-1) its first loss 87-83.
Powell and Johnson combined for 54 points on 50 percent shooting in the victory for the Explorers (4-3).
“We just didn’t pull it out,” the Owls’ Josh Brown said. “They did a good job making big plays on both ends of the floor.”
“Powell was terrific,” coach Fran Dunphy said. “That last three that he shot was spectacular. It was a really hard shot, I thought we guarded that pretty well.”
Temple led by nine points with 10;57 left in the game, but back-to-back turnovers let the Explorers walk back into the game.
Sophomore guard Quinton Rose tried to make a pass to sophomore guard Alani Moore II on the wing, but Johnson jumped the pass. Johnson missed a layup on the fast break, but sophomore guard Isiah Deas followed up the miss and scored two points.
Moore then turned the ball over two possessions later. He tried to make a pass to sophomore center Damion Moore, but there was a miscommunication on the play. La Salle sophomore guard Saul Phiri dished it to Powell on the fastbreak who scored a layup to tie the game at 66 with 7:29 remaining.
Temple had 13 turnovers to La Salle’s four. The Explorers scored 15 points off Temple’s turnovers. Rose committed a team-high five turnovers.
“I have to live with some of the things that he does,” Dunphy said. “But there are a couple of things that I wish he would not have done today. But we’ll work on it, he’ll work on it. He’ll be better the next time.”