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November 14, 2013
Turnovers - 16 of them, to be exact - proved to be the self-inflicted wound that hurt Temple in its 75-69 loss at Towson's SECU Arena Thursday night.
The Tigers (3-0), who received a vote in the AP Top 25 this week, overcame 36.2 percent shooting by scoring 26 points off turnovers. Point guard Will Cummings and forward Anthony Lee led Temple with 20 and 18 points, respectively, but they also combined for nine of those 16 turnovers.
Temple (1-2) led by as many as nine points in the opening minute of the second half but could not hold off Towson or overcome the play of Tigers forward Jerrell Benimon, who dominated the paint to the tune of 32 points and 10 rebounds. Marcus Damas, who also posted a double-double - with 16 points and 10 rebounds - grabbed six of the Tigers' 22 offensive rebounds.
Cummings also collected five assists, five rebounds and a steal and played all but two minutes of the game. Temple got just six points and 1 of 7 shooting from its bench, with sophomore forward Daniel Dingle getting all four of his points at the free-throw line.
Sophomore guard Quenton DeCosey scored 12 points on 4 of 7 shooting, while senior guard Dalton Pepper struggled, shooting just 3 of 10 from the floor to go with seven points and two rebounds.
Temple will play again next Thursday against Clemson in the Charleston Classic.