Temple Too Much for Northern Illinois on the Road



Dec. 18, 2010


Final Stats

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Temple 84, NIU 74
Liacouras Center | Philadelphia, Pa.

1st 2nd Final
 Northern Illinois
32 42 74
41 43 84
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Attendance: 3,116
 Player of the Game

Xavier Silas
Points: 27
Rebounds: 6
Assists: 5
FG: 11-23 (.478)

 Team Stats
 FG Percentage
40.6 53.4
 3-Point FG Percentage 42.9 15.4
 FT Percentage 86.7 57.1
 Offensive Rebounds
13 10
 Defensive Rebounds 23 25
 Total Rebounds 36 35
13 21
15 9
3 5
5 5
 Points in the Paint
22 48
 Points off Turnovers
11 18
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PHILADELPHIA - Senior guard Xavier Silas scored a game-high 27 points but the Northern Illinois men's basketball team fell, 84-74, at Temple on Saturday afternoon. Temple built a nine-point halftime lead and though NIU was able to cut the advantage to six in the second half it was unable to complete the comeback.

The Owls shot 53.4 percent (31-of-58) in the contest to improve to 8-2 overall and 5-0 at home in the Liacouras Center; overall Temple has now won 13-straight games at home.

Senior guard Jeremy Landers added 12 points and sophomore guard Tony Nixon also reached double-figures with 10 points while junior forward Cameron Madlock grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds.

"I thought out team played extremely hard, I thought we took a step forward today," said NIU head coach Ricardo Patton. "We had some different guys come off the bench and give us a lift. We had chances, we went down big but we continued to battle. We went down by about 16 in the second half but came back to within six and had a chance, but we took a couple of quick shots that didn't go in and they were able to build the lead back up."

Temple raced out to an early 7-0 advantage in the opening four minutes of the contest, forcing a Northern Illinois timeout. The Huskies scored the next two points on a pair of free throws but the Owls used a 9-3 burst to push their lead to 16-5 with 13:24 to play in the first half.

Back-to-back baskets by Silas trimmed the Temple advantage to seven before a 10-2 run gave the Owls a 26-11 lead.

Using a 9-3 run, Northern Illinois pulled the Temple lead back to single-digits, 29-20, with just under six minutes to play in the half. Junior guard Bryan Hall started the stretch with a putback from an offensive rebound and Silas capped it with a triple from the wing.

Nixon buried a fade away three-pointer at the buzzer to end the first half as Temple took a 41-32 lead into the break. 

Ramone Moore of Temple led all scorers with 12 points in the opening 20 minutes of the contest; Silas led NIU with 11 points before the intermission. The Owls shot 50.0 percent (16-of-32) from the floor in the first half while the Huskies shot 44.4 percent (12-of-27) but committed 10 first half turnovers.

Temple scored the first four to start the second stanza but Landers responded with an old-fashioned three-point play, followed by a traditional three from the corner to bring NIU within seven, 45-38. After a basket by Temple, Nixon hit a three-pointer to cut the Temple lead to a half-dozen with 15:32 to play.

Temple then used a 15-5 run over the next four-plus minutes to increase its lead to 62-48.

Silas scored four and redshirt freshman guard Antone Christian added a pair in a 6-0 burst by the Huskies to pull back within in 10, 66-56, with 6:44 remaining.

Northern Illinois continued to chip away at the Temple lead, cutting the advantage to 73-65 on a bank shot by Silas with two minutes to play, but NIU would get no closer as Temple closed out a 10-point victory.

Lavoy Allen led Temple with 22 points, 14 coming in the second half. Moore finished with 21 points and Michael Eric had eight points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

Northern Illinois will continue its three-game road trip on Wednesday, Dec. 22, when it travels to Southern Illinois. Game time against the Salukis is slated for 7:05 p.m. (CT).



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