PHILADELPHIA — The Bowling Green State University men’s basketball team suffered a 75-57 loss today to Temple at the Liacouras Center.
A’uston Calhoun finished with 22 points and nine rebounds but was the only player to finish in double figures for the Falcons (5-8). Walk-on Damarkeo Lyshe, who scored seven points in the game’s final 55 seconds, was BG’s second-leading scorer.
Five players finished in double figures for Temple, which became the sixth team in NCAA history to record 1,300 victories. Jake O’Brien scored 15 points, Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson and Scottie Randall each finished with 11, and Dalton Pepper and Anthony Lee added 10 apiece as the Owls improved to 10-2.
The Falcons fell behind early as Temple used an 8-0 run to lead 12-6 a little more than five minutes into the game.
Then the Owls started cashing in 3-pointers, making 5 of 10 in the first half to build a 39-25 halftime advantage. Temple made 16 of 27 shots in the first 20 minutes (59.3 percent).
Meanwhile, Bowling Green struggled offensively in the first half, shooting just 37.9 percent from the field (11 of 29) while turning the ball over seven times. Calhoun scored 11 of the Falcons’ 25 points in the first half.
The Owls steadily pulled away in the second half, steadily building a lead that reached as many as 29 points late until BG scored the last 11 points in the contest.
The Falcons open Mid-American Conference play Jan. 9 at Central Michigan.