Alston, Rose help Temple hold off Georgia 81-77
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Shizz Alston Jr. and Quinton Rose poured in 25 points apiece and Temple held off Georgia 81-77 on Tuesday night.
The Owls (3-0) opened up a 45-34 lead by the end of the first half with Alston and Rose accounting for 23 points.
The Bulldogs (1-1) whittled away at the lead and pulled within 49-45 on Derek Ogbeide’s dunk, but Alston had buckets at both ends of a 7-0 run and Temple pushed its lead back to double figures at 56-45. Georgia pulled within 77-74 on a two free throws by Ogbeide with 1:12 to play, but Rose buried a jumper and Alston hit two free throws with three seconds left to preserve the win.
Nate Pierre-Louis had 16 points and six rebounds for Temple.
Ogbeide and Crump finished with 16 points each for Georgia. Ogbeide added 11 rebounds for his seventh career double-double. Rayshaun Hammonds added 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting.
Georgia: The Bulldogs were coming off a 110-76 win over Savannah State in which they shot 57 percent from the floor for their highest point total since 1999. … Georgia shot just 42 percent in the first half in falling behind the Owls, but connected at a 62.5-percent clip (15 of 24) after intermission and finished at 51 percent for the game.
Temple: Alston scored his 1,000th career point early in the second half, becoming the 53rd Owl to accomplish the feat. The senior added six assists and three steals. … A key stat in the game for Temple was 20 forced turnovers that led to 22 points.
Georgia: The Bulldogs host Sam Houston State on Thursday.
Temple: The Owls host Loyola-Maryland on Friday.