Temple vs Canisius 2012: Owls look for 9th win of the season

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Temple Owls look to improve to 9-1 when they host the Canisius Golden Griffins on Wednesday night in the Gotham Classic.

The Temple Owls will try to continue their impressive start to the season when they host the Canisius Golden Griffins on Wednesday night. Temple started their season 8-1, with the lone loss coming to top-ranked Duke.

The game against Canisius will mark the second game in the Gotham Classic for Temple; they defeated Alcorn State 63-46 on Monday. Canisius is also coming off a victory, having defeated Longwood to improve to 7-2 on the season.

The Owls are led by senior Scootie Randall who is averaging a team-high 14.4 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. Randall is leading the team in scoring despite struggling from beyond the arc, where he is shooting just 28.3% through Temple's first nine games. The Griffins are led by guards Harold Washington and Billy Baron, who both average 15.9 points per game.

Temple is 4-0 all-time against Canisius, but the two teams have not met since 1966. Following this game, Temple will head to New York where they will face No. 3 Syracuse on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

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