Owls confident slumping Fernandez will improve

RICHMOND, VA. – Anyone who knows anything about Temple knows Juan Fernandez is in a slump.

The senior point guard shot a combined 2 for 19 from the field against St. Louis and Richmond.  As a result, Fernandez finished with just two points in each game.

But the preseason all-Atlantic Ten selection’s struggles aren't limited to the last two games. Fernandez has combined to shoot 27 percent (12 of 44) during Temple's last five contests.

His worst performance came in Saturday’s 76-65 setback to Richmond at the Robins Center. Fernandez missed his first nines shot attempts and finished 1 for 11.

Temple coach Fran Dunphy ruled out being tired as a reason for the Argentina native's slump.  Prior to the start of the season, Fernandez competed for the Argentine national team in the Pan American games.

“I’m not sure he’s tired,” Dunphy said Saturday night. “He’s 21 years old. How tired can you be? But he’s pressing. He knows that he’s not playing great.”

According to Dunphy, all off the Owls were behind and kept encouraging Fernandez against Richmond.

“They are sticking with him and telling him ‘You are going to get it the next time,” Dunphy said. “So that’s the nice thing about what teams are about.

“So don’t throw dirt on him yet. He will be back.”