The Temple Owls lead the No. 5 Duke Blue Devils 35-33 from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia after the first half of play.
The game started out as a bit of a turnover fest. However, once both teams settled down a little, they shot pretty well from inside the arc. Despite not hitting their three-point attempts at a high rate, the Duke Blue Devils still shot 48.3% from the floor and the Owls shot 59.3%. The teams traded buckets throughout the half and neither could pull away when they had a lead.
The Owls were able to build a five-point lead (but not extend it further) by driving to the basket and playing active on defense. Temple caused six Duke turnovers in the first half and held the Blue Devils to just five assists. Seth Curry was held to just two first half points by the Owls.
Miles Plumlee came off the bench for Duke and scored 12 points to lead the Blue Devils in the first half. Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson led the Owls with eight points in the first half. Khalif Wyatt chipped in seven points in the first half for Temple