Monday, August 31, 2015

DiLeo could make Temple tough to beat

Temple will be tough to beat in the Atlantic Ten if T.J. DiLeo keeps producing like he did Monday night.

DiLeo could make Temple tough to beat

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Temple will be tough to beat in the Atlantic Ten if T.J. DiLeo keeps producing like he did Monday night.

With Khalif Wyatt suspended and Scootie Randall rehabilitating a knee injury, DiLeo received extended minutes off the bench against Penn. And the guard responded with a career night.

Entering the game after Juan Fernandez received his second foul, DiLeo went on to play a career-high 38 minutes in the Owls' 73-67 overtime victory at the Palestra.

The Cinnaminson High product scored a career-best 10 points to go with five rebounds and a blocked shot. The 6-foot-3 redshirt junior made 3 of 5 shot attempts and 4 of 6 free throws. His final two foul shots gave the Owls (1-0, 1-0 Big Five) their six-point margin of victory with five seconds left.

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“In terms of confidence, this is the game that I had the most confidence,” said DiLeo, who averaged 2.3 points and 13 minutes last season. “It’s my junior season and getting to play extended minutes, I felt more confident out there.

“When you get going on the floor for a little bit, it really makes it a lot easier.”

With Wyatt’s one-game suspension over, DiLeo probably won’t play 38 minutes against Western Michigan on Thursday. And his minutes might dwindle some more when Randall is able to rejoin the team.

However, DiLeo played at a high level against Penn (1-1, 0-1). In addition to doing the little things, he gave Temple another scoring option.

If he can continue to do that, the Owls should have a satisfying season.

Inquirer Staff Writer
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Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering the Temple basketball and football for the previous three years. Pompey also previously covered the Penn and Drexel men’s basketball team and Villanova football team after initially focusing on high school sports.

Pompey is a native Philadelphian and a University of Pittsburgh graduate. Follow him on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers or reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com.

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