RICHMOND, Va. – Give Fran Dunphy credit.
The Temple coach wouldn’t follow a reporter’s lead about the Owls’ exhausting two-game road trip having something to do with Saturday’s 76-65 setback to Richmond.
Temple flew to St. Louis Tuesday for Wednesday 9 p.m. game at Chaifetz Arena. The Owls flew back to Philadelphia on Thursday. Then they had a five-hour bus ride to Richmond Friday for Saturday’s game.
Richmond, on the other hand, was well-rested. The Spiders’ last game prior to Saturday was Jan. 7 at Rhode Island.
“That’s not easy, but that’s what everybody does,” Dunphy told the reporter about the Owls’ back-to-back road games. “You want to sit there and complain about it, you can. But that’s not who we are, and what we want to talk about.
“We didn’t do a good enough job of checking [Richmond forward] Derrick Williams [18 points, 13 rebounds] off the boards.”
Dunphy added that his Owls provided opportunities for Spiders center Darrius Garrett to block shots [five] that led to easy baskets for Richmond.
“And [Richmond backup freshman guard Kendall] Anthony steps up and makes three threes in the first half, just kind of daggers you,” he said. “They played very, very well, especially in that first half.
“We were on our heels.”
Richmond led 44-25 at break.