Temple jumped out to a 5-4 lead on a layup by Anthony Lee with 17:46 remaining in the half, but both teams would go cold after that, failing to score nearly three minutes. The Owls would build their lead to as much as 7 with 12:06 remaining in the half before an 11-3 Connecticut run gave the Huskies a 19-18 lead.
After leading early, the Owls went cold shooting down the stretch, finishing the half shooting just 33.3 percent. Mark Williams would lead Temple in the half, scoring 8 points on 3-of-3 shooting, while Anthony Lee added 4 points and 5 rebounds in his return after missing Sunday's game with a knee injury.
Despite sloppy play by the Owls in the second half, the Huskies found themselves unable to put Temple away, as they closed to within 57-50 with 2:08 remaining in the game. With time winding down, the Owls were forced to put the Huskies on the foul line, where they finally put the game away, winning by a final score of 68-55.
"We struggled to score against a very good team, a very good defensive team," said Temple coach Fran Dunphy. "We had our share of open looks from the perimeter. Obviously we didn't do a great job knocking some of those down."
Quenton DeCosey led the Owls with 16 points and 8 rebounds, but went just 5-of-15 shooting on the evening, as the sophomore's recent shooting struggles continued.
"I thought he took the ball to the basket well tonight. He didn't shoot it from the perimeter as well as we would've liked. He's working at it. He's a guy that's been spending extra time in the gym after practice just about every day," Dunphy said of DeCosey.
Four players finished in double figures for the Huskies, who were led by Shabazz Napier's 17 points and 12 rebounds.
Temple falls to 7-18 with the loss, and the Owls will have no easy matchup in their next contest, as they face #22 Memphis.
By: Kyle Babcock
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