KENT, Ohio (AP)—Mike Scott scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half and Kent State rallied for a 63-54 victory over Temple on Tuesday night, spoiling Fran Dunphy’s debut as the Owls new coach.
Dunphy, the longtime coach at Penn, took over at Temple when John Chaney retired after 24 seasons.
Scott, who missed 4-of-5 first-half shots, hit 5-of-6 in the second as Kent State (4-1) came back from a 10-point halftime deficit.
Scott led the Flashes’ comeback, hitting two quick jumpers, then a 3-pointer and a dunk with 15:40 left to pull Kent State to 34-33. Jordan Mincy’s layup with 4:11 left put the Flashes ahead for good at 54-52.
Haminn Quaintance added 13 points and 11 rebounds for Kent State, while Mincy finished with 11 points.
Dustin Salisbery scored 13 of his 23 points to help give the Owls (0-1) a 29-19 first-half lead. Dionte Christmas had 12 points for Temple and DaShone Kirkendoll added 11.