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UConn Can't Hold Off Temple, Falls 63-58

Feb. 11, 2016

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) Quenton DeCosey scored 23 points, including his team's final nine points, and Temple rallied to beat UConn 63-58 Thursday night.

Shonn Miller scored 15 points and Rodney Purvis had 12 for UConn (17-7, 7-4), which had its three-game winning streak snapped.

Daniel Dingle scored 12 of his career-high 15 points in the second half for the Owls (15-8, 9-3 American Athletic Conference), who overcome a late 12-point deficit by closing the game on a 21-4 run.

The Huskies went on a 12-2 run to surge ahead 16-10 midway through the first half before Coleman and DeCosey hit back-to-back 3-pointers within 20 seconds of each other to tie the game. After the Huskies regained the lead by five, Temple closed the first half on a 9-2 run, capped by a buzzer-beating fadeaway from DeCosey, to take a 31-29 lead into halftime.

UConn took control coming out of the locker room with Miller sparking a 10-0 run to put the Huskies up 43-34 with 13:56 left. After scoring just two points in the first half, Miller had nine in the first five minutes of the second half.

The loss helped move Temple into a first-place tie with SMU for first place in the American Athletic Conference standings - a game-and-a-half ahead of UConn. Both teams are vying for the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament as SMU is ineligible for the postseason because of NCAA infractions.

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UConn: The Huskies committed three turnovers in the final 25 seconds after committing only two in the first half. . The Huskies dropped just their second road game of the season.

Temple: The Owls didn't commit their first foul until more than 14 minutes into the game and finished the first half with just one foul. . DeCosey has scored in double figures in 21 of 23 games . Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid was sitting courtside.


UConn hosts Tulsa on Saturday.

Temple visits South Florida on Sunday.