By Harry Allison

It is hard to quantify how important Jesse Morgan (photo above) has been to Temple’s basketball team this season.

How about this:

With the Owls behind at the half 24-23, he scored seven of their first 15 points and his 3-pointer gave Temple a 38-31 lead. He finished with nine points as the Owls won at South Florida 61-48.

Will Cummings scored 19 points to go over 1,000 points in his career as Temple won its fourth straight game.

Cummings was 4 of 12 from the field and 10 of 14 from the free throw line to reach 1,005 points in his four-year career as an Owl. He’s the 50th player in program history to reach the mark.

Temple (16-7, 7-3 American) trailed by as many as eight, 21-13, in the first half but closed on a 10-3 run to pull within 24-23 at the break.

Corey Allen Jr. scored 16 points for South Florida (7-16, 1-9) and Nehemias Morillo added 12. Ruben Guerrero grabbed 14 rebounds and had four blocks.


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