Shaquille Thomas added 15 points for Cincinnati (19-2, 8-0 AAC),
which extended its winning streak to 12 straight. Troy Caupain
collected eight points and nine assists off the bench as the
Bearcats nearly let a 19-point lead slip away.
Dalton Pepper went 8-of-14 from 3-point range en route to a
career-high 33 points and Will Cummings scored 14 for Temple (5-13,
0-7). Anthony Lee chipped in 12 points and six rebounds for the
Owls, who have dropped 10 of their last 11.
Cincinnati held a 71-57 lead after Titus Rubles' dunk with just over
seven minutes left but went nearly six minutes without a field goal
as Temple climbed back into it, slashing the deficit to 76-73 on
Cummings' free throws with 1:15 left and knotting it on Pepper's
3-pointer 40 seconds later. Kilpatrick was fouled with seven seconds
left and hit both free throws before Jermaine Sanders blocked a
tying layup attempt at the other end and Kevin Johnson hit two more
free throws to seal it.
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The Owls shot 26.9 percent in the first half and trailed 36-26 at
the break. Kilpatrick's 3-pointer three minutes into the second half
stretched it to 45-28 and the Bearcats led by as many as 19 before
Temple began chipping away.
GAME NOTEBOOK: The Bearcats had held their previous 27 opponents
under 70 points. … Cincinnati shot 54.7 percent from the field, led
by Thomas' 7-of-9 effort. … Pepper scored 27 points and hit seven of
his career-high eight 3-pointers in the second half.
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