“I told them I wouldn’t call a timeout if they got the ball,” Hoyas coach John Thompson III said. “It was a case of trusting them. That’s the way the ball bounces.”
Temple had success despite getting little from leading scorer Lavoy Allen, who didn’t get his first field goal until the second half and finished with six points and six rebounds.
“I thought our defense overall was good,” Dunphy said. “To hold them to 44 percent was really good. We made them work for everything they got. I thought we competed at both ends of the court. Ramone was great throughout.”
Georgetown thrived from beyond the arc in November, but shot 5 of 16 from 3-point range on Thursday.
Playing their first home game in nearly a month before a big crowd at the Liacouras Center, Temple came out strong. The Owls took a 6-0 lead and never trailed in the first half.
That basket gave Moore 17 points, which already was his season-high.
“The adrenaline was flowing, it was a really big game and I wanted to step up for my team,” Moore said.
The Hoyas so far have played a difficult schedule, preparing them for Big East competition. Temple is one of five Georgetown nonconference opponents picked to win its conference — or a division within its conference — this season. The others are Utah State, Old Dominion, Coastal Carolina and Wofford.
“That was a real tough atmosphere,” Wright said. “Our league is the same way, so I think a loss like this will help us.”