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No. 23 UConn falls to Temple 55-53 on Brown's jumper

Jan. 05, 2016

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Josh Brown hit a spinning jumper in the lane with 2.5 seconds left and Temple upset No. 23 UConn 55-53 on Tuesday night.

The Owls (7-6, 2-1 American Athletic Conference) led by as many as eight points in the second half, but were tied after two free throws from UConn's Daniel Hamilton.

Coach Fran Dunphy called a timeout with 14 seconds left to set up Brown's final shot.

A desperation 3-pointer by UConn's Sterling Gibbs at the buzzer was well off the mark.

Quenton DeCosey scored 15 points to lead the Owls, including making all three of his attempts from 3-point range. Devin Coleman added 14 points, while Brown and Jaylen Bond each had 11.

Shonn Miller scored 18 points to lead the Huskies, who had won five straight.

The win was the 200th at Temple for Dunphy and the Owls' second in three games against a ranked team.

Temple led by three points at halftime and extended that to 40-32 on a jumper by Bond.

Hamilton, who missed his first nine shots and was 2 of 13 from the field, made a jumper to cut the Temple lead to 46-45. Two free throws by Miller gave UConn its first lead of the half at 47-46 with 8 minutes left.

But DeCosey put Temple back in front with his third 3-pointer, and the teams struggled to score the rest of the way.

UConn shot just 31.6 percent from the field, almost 19 percentage points under the team's season average. Temple shot 39 percent, but outrebounded the Huskies 40-34 and held the Huskies' transition game in check.

''Our guards combined were 7 for 30, no fast break points,'' UConn coach Kevin Ollie said. ''If you do that, that's a recipe for disaster.''

The Owls were 7 of 18 from 3-point range after going just 3 for 23 from beyond the arc against Houston.

Purvis scored the Huskies' first eight points and UConn used an 11-0 run to open an early 11-3 lead.

But that was the largest lead the Huskies would have in the half. Temple's defense forced seven first-half turnovers and held UConn to 10 baskets on 31 shots (32 percent). The Huskies came into the game shooting better than 50 percent.

UConn made just four of 20 shots from 3-point range.

''We just tried to protect the 3-point line as much as we could and play great team defense, and we were able to do that tonight,'' Bond said.

The Owls were 10 of 31 from the field, but took a 15-13 lead on a 3-pointer by DeCosey and led 30-27 at halftime.

Dunphy ranks fourth on Temple's all-time wins list, and can pass James Usilton, Sr. with five more wins. John Chaney leads the list with 516 wins.

Temple won both meetings between the teams last season.

UConn was playing its fifth straight game without center Amida Brimah, who broke the middle finger on his right hand on Dec. 21 and isn't expected back until mid-February.