Philadelphia- Senior Eric Osmundson scored a career-high 20 points, but it wasn't enough as the University of Pennsylvania men's basketball team fell to Temple, 52-51, Dec. 8 at the Liacouras Center.
In a game that saw 14 lead changes and 11 ties, the Quakers (4-3, 1-1 Big 5) and Owls (3-3, 2-0 Big 5) battled it out on the court for the entire 40 minutes of basketball. Marty Collins nailed two free throws with four seconds left to give the Owls a one-point victory. Sophomore Ibrahim Jaaber threw up a trey that hit the rim as time expired, but the shot wouldn’t fall.
With 3:00 minutes left in the game, Osmundson laid in a basket to give Penn a 51-46 lead. Temple took advantage of several missed opportunities by Penn and capitalized on two free-throw attempts. Collins sunk two shots from the charity stripe with 1:52 remaining to pull within one of the Quakers, 51-50. After a steal by each team and turnovers on both ends, the Owls ended up with the ball with 10 seconds remaining on the clock. Sophomore Steve Danley was called for a foul with four seconds remaining, giving Collins his two attempts.
Early on in the game, Begley nailedhis onlytrey from 30 feet out to tie the game at 8-8. On the Quakers next possession, Osmundson nailed the second of three trifectas in the first half to give the Red and Blue an 11-8 advantage. Junior Friedrich Ebede checked into the game and sank a three from the corner to give the Red and Blue their largest lead of the half, 14-8, just 45 seconds later. Temple went on a 4-0 run before a dunk by Ebede and another trey from Osmundson tied the game, 24-24, heading into the locker room.
Osmundson,who topped his career best by 12 points, went 6-for-8 from beyond the arc, and was the only Quaker in double digits. The Quakers shot 35.8 percent from the field and held Temple to 33.3 percent shooting. Collins led the Owls with 20 points, while Mark Tyndale was the only other player in double figures with 13.
The Quakers return to action on Dec. 31 when they take on Big 5 rival Villanova at 4 p.m. at the Villanova Pavilion.