TEMPLE
15-11
86
TF 13
FINAL
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Thu Feb. 15
7:00pm
BONUS
93
TF 7
ML: +650
WICHST -12.5, O/U 149.5
ML: -1000
TEMPLE
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Morris leads No. 19 Wichita State past Temple 93-86

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) As his teammates headed to the locker room after allowing 56 first-half points, Wichita State senior center Shaquille Morris witnessed their frustration.

And he saw opportunity.

Would No. 19 Wichita State allow Temple to beat the Shockers for a second time in 15 days? Or would Wichita State storm back?

After the Shockers' 93-86 victory Thursday, thanks in large part to Morris' 23 points and 13 rebounds, he had his answer.

''Tonight defined our team,'' Morris said. ''We've gotten better.

''We needed a game like this, especially being down second half and showing resilience.''

Darral Willis had 24 points for the Shockers (20-5, 10-3 American Athletic Conference). Morris and Willis, senior big men, were combined 18 of 21 from the floor.

''We rode them,'' Shockers coach Gregg Marshall said. ''When they play like that, you can ride them.''

Austin Reaves scored 11 points for Wichita State, and Landry Shamet and Conner Frankamp each scored 10.

Temple (15-11, 7-7) hit a season-high 16 3-point shots on 29 attempts. Obi Enechionyia led Temple with 17 points and other Owls were in double figures - Quinton Rose (16), De'Vondre Perry (15), Shizz Alston (15) and Josh Brown (13).

Temple brought a five-game winning streak into the game and was hot in the first half. The Owls were 11 of 15 from the 3-point line while building that 56-42 halftime lead.

Enechionyia spurred the offensive outburst, hitting three 3-pointers and scoring 11 points in a 13-7 run the start the game. He entered the game averaging 11.1 points.

''Obi really got us started,'' Temple coach Fran Dunphy said. ''I don't think we could have played any better offensively in the first half.''

Shamet acknowledged he was ''pretty frustrated'' at halftime. ''You don't want to be getting beat like that at home,'' he said. ''It was like we couldn't find an answer.''

Wichita State did after halftime, opening with an 11-0 run and eventually taking its first lead, 66-62, on a Willis 3-pointer with 11:31 to play.

''We made some coaching tweaks,'' Marshall said, ''but it was really just about finding a way.''

Morris did much of the damage with 16 points and eight rebounds in the second half. Dunphy credited Morris with ''having a basketball IQ off the charts.''

Morris' putback resulting in a three-point play with 1:54 remaining gave Wichita State an 84-81 lead it would not lose. The Shockers outscored the Owls 36-8 in the in the paint.

''Stickbacks killed us,'' Dunphy said.

Marshall said Morris diving in a pile of players to retrieve the ball, resulting in a Conner Frankamp layup, showed him more than any other play.

''This might have been Shaq's finest game as a Shocker,'' Marshall said. ''He was a beast.''

BIG PICTURE

Temple: The Owls backed up their hot streak, going toe to toe on the road with a top-20 team in a crazy environment.

Wichita State: The Shockers overcame a huge deficit to beat a hot opponent and, combined with Cincinnati's loss, get back in the conference race.

COACHING VOICE

Dunphy has been to more than his share of arenas, but Thursday was his first game at Koch Arena.

''You hear a lot about it, and it's a special place,'' Dunphy said. ''Late in the game, we were trying to get our guys to come off the center line to press. We had no chance of them hearing us.''

Marshall said it was ''the loudest Koch Arena has been in many a year.''

SHAMET HELPING

Shamet had five assists, giving him 252 for his career. He is just the third Shocker to reach 250 before the end of his sophomore season, joining Fred VanVleet (282) and Joe Griffin (306).

UP NEXT

Temple: The Owls host Houston on Sunday

Wichita State: The Shockers travel to No. 5 Cincinnati on Sunday. The Bearcats lost at Houston on Wednesday.

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Key Players
J. Brown
1 G
L. Shamet
11 G
30.5 Min. Per Game 30.5
14.8 Pts. Per Game 14.8
5.2 Ast. Per Game 5.2
3.0 Reb. Per Game 3.0
41.0 Field Goal % 49.6
39.3 Three Point % 45.1
72.5 Free Throw % 83.1
  Defensive rebound by Shaquille Morris 0.0
  Josh Brown missed 3-pt. jump shot 2.0
+ 1 Conner Frankamp made 2nd of 2 free throws 6.0
+ 1 Conner Frankamp made 1st of 2 free throws 6.0
  Personal foul on Nate Pierre-Louis 6.0
  Lost ball turnover on Nate Pierre-Louis 8.0
+ 1 Zach Brown made 2nd of 2 free throws 18.0
+ 1 Zach Brown made 1st of 2 free throws 18.0
  Personal foul on Josh Brown 18.0
  Offensive rebound by Zach Brown 20.0
  Markis McDuffie missed 2nd of 2 free throws 20.0
Team Stats
Points 86 93
Field Goals 29-59 (49.2%) 31-55 (56.4%)
3-Pointers 16-29 (55.2%) 8-22 (36.4%)
Free Throws 12-14 (85.7%) 23-29 (79.3%)
Total Rebounds 25 34
Offensive 3 8
Defensive 19 23
Team 3 3
Assists 13 19
Steals 4 4
Blocks 2 5
Turnovers 7 7
Fouls 22 12
Technicals 0 0
17 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST
24 PTS, 2 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo Temple 15-11 563086
home team logo 19 Wichita State 20-5 425193
Team Stats
away team logo Temple 15-11 73.6 PPG 40.3 RPG 15.0 APG
home team logo 19 Wichita State 20-5 71.4 PPG 38.9 RPG 13.1 APG
Key Players
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O. Enechionyia F PPG RPG APG FG%
00
D. Willis Jr. F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
O. Enechionyia F 17 PTS 4 REB 1 AST
D. Willis Jr. F 24 PTS 2 REB 3 AST
49.2 FG% 56.4
55.2 3PT FG% 36.4
85.7 FT% 79.3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
O. Enechionyia 28 17 4 1 0 1 0 5 5/9 4/7 3/3 1 3
Q. Rose 36 16 4 1 1 0 2 2 8/17 0/3 0/0 0 4
S. Alston Jr. 34 15 3 2 0 0 1 1 4/11 4/6 3/3 1 2
J. Brown 35 13 2 6 2 0 2 3 4/9 1/2 4/5 0 2
E. Aflakpui 25 1 5 2 0 0 1 4 0/0 0/0 1/2 0 5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
O. Enechionyia 28 17 4 1 0 1 0 5 5/9 4/7 3/3 1 3
Q. Rose 36 16 4 1 1 0 2 2 8/17 0/3 0/0 0 4
S. Alston Jr. 34 15 3 2 0 0 1 1 4/11 4/6 3/3 1 2
J. Brown 35 13 2 6 2 0 2 3 4/9 1/2 4/5 0 2
E. Aflakpui 25 1 5 2 0 0 1 4 0/0 0/0 1/2 0 5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Perry 19 15 3 0 1 0 0 5 5/7 5/7 0/0 1 2
J. Moorman II 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 2/3 1/2 1/1 0 0
N. Pierre-Louis 16 3 1 1 0 1 1 1 1/3 1/2 0/0 0 1
D. Moore 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
T. Lowe - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Nunez de Carvalho - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Moore II - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Leonard - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hamilton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 86 22 13 4 2 7 22 29/59 16/29 12/14 3 19
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
S. Morris 31 23 13 1 1 2 1 1 9/10 1/2 4/5 4 9
A. Reaves 27 11 1 2 0 1 2 3 3/10 2/5 3/4 0 1
L. Shamet 37 10 4 5 2 0 1 2 3/8 2/6 2/2 0 4
Z. Brown 24 9 3 1 0 1 2 1 2/3 1/2 4/4 1 2
R. Kelly 20 2 4 1 0 1 0 1 1/5 0/1 0/0 2 2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
S. Morris 31 23 13 1 1 2 1 1 9/10 1/2 4/5 4 9
A. Reaves 27 11 1 2 0 1 2 3 3/10 2/5 3/4 0 1
L. Shamet 37 10 4 5 2 0 1 2 3/8 2/6 2/2 0 4
Z. Brown 24 9 3 1 0 1 2 1 2/3 1/2 4/4 1 2
R. Kelly 20 2 4 1 0 1 0 1 1/5 0/1 0/0 2 2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Willis Jr. 23 24 2 3 1 0 1 1 9/11 2/3 4/6 1 1
C. Frankamp 16 10 1 4 0 0 0 1 4/6 0/2 2/2 0 1
M. McDuffie 16 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 3/4 0 3
R. Nurger 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0/1 0/0 1/2 0 0
B. Barney - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Keyser - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Malone - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Bush - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Haynes-Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Herrs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Midtgaard - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 93 31 19 4 5 7 12 31/55 8/22 23/29 8 23