First-year Temple head coach Aaron McKie had the Owls' attention during their trip to the Bahamas.  — PHOTO COURTESY OF TEMPLE UNIVERSITY

First-year Temple head coach Aaron McKie had the Owls’ attention during their trip to the Bahamas.

— PHOTO COURTESY OF TEMPLE UNIVERSITY

Temple played some outstanding basketball in the Bahamas under first-year head coach Aaron McKie winning three consecutive games on the Bahamian tour.

Temple defeated the Bahamian Select Team, 88-74, to pick up its third win of the tour.

The Owls were led by double figure scorers 6-foot-11 senior Damion Moore who had 13 points and 6-foot-8 senior Quinton Rose who tallied 12. Temple’s other standouts 6-foot-10 junior Justyn Hamilton, 6-foot-4 junior Nate Pierre-Louis and 6-foot-7 junior JP Moorman all contributed 11 points a piece.

This was a successful trip for McKie and his Owls. It was a great opportunity for him to establish his program as he prepares for his first season as head coach.

“It was a really good trip,” McKie said on owlsports.com. “It was great to finish with a win, get back on the plane and head back to Philadelphia. I thought we got off to a slow start tonight. Guys just were not ready to go from the beginning and a lot of that is on me.

“I have to make sure I have these guys prepared and ready to go, but we found a way. Our second group that came in the game picked it up, gave us some energy, a shot in the arm. We have to do a much better job of rebounding the ball and that is what kept the team around against us. They were able to get second chance opportunities and we have to clean that up.”

Temple will open the 2019-20 season against Drexel University on Nov. 5 at the Liacouras Center.

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