PHILADELPHIA — Quenton DeCosey scored 17, and Temple held Tulane to a historically low eight first-half points on the way to a 55-37 victory Saturday.
Temple (15-7, 6-3 American) opened the game on a 12-0 run and led 28-8 at halftime. The eight points were the fewest Temple has allowed in a half at Liacouras Center and the fewest Tulane (13-9, 4-6) has scored in the shot-clock era.
Will Cummings added 13 points, six rebounds and six assists, and Obi Enechionyia had 12 points and three blocks for the Owls.
Tulane shot 3-of-24 in the first half and fell behind 33-8 early in the second before scoring 12 straight to pull within 33-20 with 14:13 left. Temple responded with a 6-0 run and led by no less than 14 the rest of the way.
Louis Dabney led the Green Wave with 10 points, all in the second half. Dylan Osetkowski had seven rebounds.
“For whatever reason we were not ready to start this basketball game from a defensive standpoint,” Tulane coach Ed Conroy said. “Despite us scoring just eight points in the first half, really and truly it would have been a different game if we would have come out and defended in those first five minutes like we did in the final 35 minutes. Offensively, once we were not hitting shots early, we started to force some things.”
Tulane shot 25.9 percent from the floor (14-of-54) and was 3-of-20 on 3-pointers. Temple shot 37.9 percent from the floor (22-of-58), 7-of-26 on 3-pointers.