The second game of a 10-day European tour was much better than the first -- an 82-52 loss to Evreux Friday -- but the end result was the same for Temple, falling 91-89 in overtime to Boulogne, a team in the French Pro B Division Saturday.
“I think we were much more focused,” Temple coach Fran Dunphy said. “We were not as good defensively last night as we were tonight. I think it just comes down to focus and we were more ready to play.”
Owls guard Quenton DeCosey led the way offensively for Temple with 24 points. The sophomore went 7 for 14 from three-point range and also came away with three steals and three assists.
As the only senior on the roster, Dalton Pepper is expected to be a leader on the court for the Owls. Pepper turned in a solid performance against Boulogne Saturday, scoring 15 points with 10 coming in the fourth quarter.
Pepper also shot 50 percent from beyond the arc and added an assist and one steal.
“We had a lot of really good efforts tonight,” Dunphy said. “Dalton and Quenton were two of the guys that did a great job.”
Outside of Pepper and DeCosey, Dunphy also was impressed with the play of sophomores Will Cummings and Anthony Lee and freshman Daniel Dingle.
“Anthony Lee had some great rebounds and Will Cummings hit some tough shots late in the game and made a couple of really difficult plays for us. Daniel Dingle also was strong for us," Dunphy said.
Cummings scored 13 points, including two free throws to tie the game in the final minute of the fourth quarter. Cummings led the Owls with seven assists and five steals.
Dingle posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds while Lee scored nine points and pulled down nine boards.
For Boulogne, Mickael Var led the scoring for both teams with 30 points. Var scored seven of the team’s 10 overtime points as well.
With Sunday off, Temple heads to Southern France for stops in Nice and Monaco. The Owls next play on Monday against Primavera Mirandola in Italy.