Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Owls face youthful Colonials

After notching its first Atlantic Ten victory, Temple is back on the road to face one of the nation’s youngest teams.

Owls face youthful Colonials

George Washington´s Isaiah Armwood. (Luis M. Alvarez/AP file photo)
George Washington's Isaiah Armwood. (Luis M. Alvarez/AP file photo)

After notching its first Atlantic Ten victory, Temple is back on the road to face one of the nation’s youngest teams.

The Owls (11-4, 1-1) are in Washington for Wednesday’s 7 p.m. game against George Washington at the Charles E. Smith Center.

The Colonials (7-8, 1-1) could start four freshmen – guards Joe McDonald, Kethan Savage and Patricio Garino and forward Kevin Larsen – against Temple.  Senior forward Isaiah Armwood, a Villanova transfer, will be other starter.

On can also assume that Temple’s senior leadership, assuming the Owls make shots, will be too much for youthful GW.

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This is the first of three consecutive games Temple is expected to win before traveling to Butler on Jan. 26. The Owls host St. Bonaventure (7-8, 0-2) Saturday before entertaining Penn (2-13) on Jan. 23.

George Washington, which has a three-game home winning streak, won’t be a pushover. However, Temple should run away from the Colonials in the second half.

Here’s a look at the probable starters, coaches’ records and series information:

PROBABLE STARTERS

TEMPLE (11-4, 1-1 A-10)

32 Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson F 6-6 Sr. 8.7 ppg. 5.5 rpg.
3 Anthony Lee F 6-9 Soph. 12.2 ppg. 7.3 rpg.
33 Scootie Randall G/F 6-6 Sr. 11.9 ppg 7.5 rpg.
1 Khalif Wyatt G 6-4 Sr. 16 ppg. 3.9 apg.
2 Will Cummings G 6-2 Soph. 6  ppg. 1.9 spg.

GEORGE WASHINGTON (7-8, 1-1)

21 Kevin Larsen F 6-10 Fr. 7.3 ppg. 5.5 rpg.
32 Isaiah Armwood F 6-9 Sr. 12.2 ppg. 8.5 rpg
13 Patricio Garino G/F 6-6 Fr. 9.7 ppg. 2 spg.
11 Kethan Savage G 6-3 Fr. 2.4 ppg. 1.3 rpg.
22 Joe McDonald G 6-1 Fr. 6.7 ppg. 2.7 apg.

Coaches

TEMPLE
Fran Dunphy (455-232 career record)

GEORGE WASHINGTON

Mike Lonergan (394-185)

SERIES
The Owls hold a 51-16 advantage and have won the last five meetings.

LAST MEETING
Temple prevailed, 79-72, at the Liacouras Center on Feb. 8, 2012.

About this blog
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.

Keith Pompey Inquirer Staff Writer
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