By Harry Allison
Shizz Alston Jr. scored 12 points and Temple reserves Damion Moore, De’Vondre Perry and Alani Moore II combined to score 19 of the Owls’ 38 points in the first half in beating Drexel 63-60.
The Dragons (5-6) opened the second half on a 7-0 run and Austin Williams’ dunk tied it at 53 with 5:32 left. Temple (7-3) regained the lead on a Rose jumper, but Sammy Mojica sank a 3-pointer and Drexel led 56-55 with 2:42 to go. It was the Dragons’ first lead since 6-4.
Alston rebounded his own missed shot and scored and Rose fed Aflakpui for a layup and a 61-57 Temple lead. Kurk Lee cut the deficit to a point with a long 3-pointer with 15 seconds left, but Obi Enechionyia (above) hit a pair of free throws and Lee missed a 3 at the buzzer.
Demir led Drexel with 16 points, Williams scored 15 with 10 rebounds and Mojica scored 11.
Enechionyia was one of five Owls who finished with eight points and he added nine rebounds and five blocked shots.