Free Fall Continues for Temple

UConn (11-9) stopped a four game losing streak with a commanding 78-63 victory over the reeling 10-10 Temple Owls in front of 7,886 fans at the Gampel Pavilion on Wednesday evening.

The Huskies, losers of their last four came in with just seven scholarship players when it was announced that Alterique Gilbert “personal reasons” and Sid Wilson with a knee issue would not participate in this one.

6 Huskies would hit double figures in a game UConn never trailed in. Things started early when the contest will tied at 4-4 and UConn ripped off eight consecutive points to begin the onslaught.

The Huskies closed out the first half with a commanding 36-21 edge.

Temple didn’t help their cause by committing 9 turnovers that translated to 14 Huskies points.

The UConn defense blanketed the Owls and snuffed out most of the opportunities with a stellar 7 blocked shots and 20 turnovers that translated to 14 points.

Temple received a twenty point game from Nate Pierce-Lewis and another 15 from Quinton Rose.

For UConn, Brendan Adams and James Bouknight picked up 12 points with Isaiah Whaley and Akok Akok each adding 10.

Christian Vital led the way with a 15 point game that was highlighted by a rare four point play.

The six players in double figures for UConn was the first time the team has had that distinction since the four OT victory over Cincinnati in the 2016 AAC tournament.

Gary Groob

Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.