Owls use subway ride to tribute 'Temple people'

The Temple basketball team rode the subway to Wednesday night's nonconference game against Duke at the Wells Fargo Center.

It turned out to be a great move as the Owls defeated the fifth-ranked Blue Devils, 78-73. But Temple didn't take the subway as a way to give itself a boost.

"We did that the last time we played [here at the Wells Fargo], and the reason why we do it is because that's Temple," Temple coach Fran Dunphy said. "Over the course of Temple's lifetime people would ride the subway to school, go to class, get back on the subway, go to their part-time jobs in order to afford the education, and then go home.

"For us it's kind of a tribute to all those Temple people that have done that for so many years. That's who we are and we just wanted to let everybody know that we appreciate what Temple University is all about."