Anyone who is a fan of offense and great shooting would have loved to see Saint Louis University play Temple Wednesday night. Both teams were red-hot throughout the game, but it was the Owls who prevailed in the end 85-79.
Both teams combined to make 18 3-point attempts in the first half alone. The Billikens made 8-of-11 from behind the arc and 70 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes, but Temple was just as hot and led 49-45 at the break.
The offense wasn’t as exciting in the second half as both teams seemed to come back to reality. Luke Meyer came right out of the break and hit a 3-pointer to bring the Billikens within one. SLU gave the Owls their best punch but to Temple’s credit they were able to answer every Billikens run.
The Billiken’s were able to pull within 82-79 with 11 seconds to play on a Danny Brown 3-pointer. Tommy Liddell appeared to have stolen the ensuing in-bounds pass, but was called for a foul. Mark Tyndale hit 1-of-2 from the line making it a two possession game. Brown’s 3-point attempt was blocked out of bounds, giving the Owls the win at home.
Liddell tied a career-high with 28 points on eight 3-pointers to lead all scorers. Brown, Luke Meyer, and Ian Vouyoukas also scored in double-figures for the Billikens. Three players for Temple scored more than 20 points. Dustin Salisbery led the way for Temple with 25.
SLU fell to 12-6 overall, 2-3 in the Atlantic-10.