Temple stops No. 22 Bearcats
After dropping its first three games against Top 25 teams, Temple finally pulled one out. On the road, no less.
Quenton DeCosey scored 19 points and hit three free throws in the closing seconds, helping visiting Temple pull away to a 77-70 victory over No. 22 Cincinnati on Tuesday, the Owls' first victory over a ranked team this season.
Temple (6-5, 1-0 American Athletic) had lost its three previous games against Top 25 teams — North Carolina, Butler and Utah — but closed this game with an 11-5 run to get the breakthrough win.
"We were in a lot of close games," coach Fran Dunphy said. "We came out making shots early and stayed with it. It almost looks like you know what you're doing when the ball goes in the basket. Again, a very good win for us."
The Bearcats (10-4, 0-1) have dropped four of their past seven games, including back-to-back losses to Iowa State and Temple on their home court. Cincinnati has three home losses in December for the first time in eight years.
"I'd like to apologize to all of our former players that have to watch our guys play with that type of defensive effort," coach Mick Cronin said. "It's an embarrassment. It's my fault, and I mean that."
•FLORIDA STATE 73, FLORIDA 71: Dwayne Bacon scored 24 points, including a jumper with 4.6 seconds remaining that lifted the Seminoles (10-2) over the rival Gators (8-4) in Gainesville. Florida freshman KeVaughn Allen scored a career-high 32 points, but he missed his final five shots.
•NO. 13 MIAMI 76, PRINCETON 64: Angel Rodriguez scored 14 points and the Hurricanes (11-1) withstood an upset bid against the Tigers (7-4) in Coral Gables, Fla.
•NO. 23 BAYLOR 72, TEXAS SOUTHERN 59: Al Freeman scored 21 points and ignited a key run that finally put the Bears (10-2) in control over the Tigers (1-11) in Waco, Texas. Rico Gathers had 11 points and 10 rebounds for his 30th career double-double for Baylor.
•EASTERN KENTUCKY 76, MANHATTAN 64: Jarelle Reischel had 23 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, four steals and set a school record in leading the Colonels (9-6) over the Jaspers (3-8) in Richmond, Ky. Reischel, a graduate transfer from Rhode Island who missed the Colonels' last game because of a sore back, made all 10 of his free throws to break the school record with 32 in a row.
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•NO. 12 DUKE 84, WESTERN CAROLINA 47: Azura Stevens scored 21 points with 10 rebounds and the Blue Devils (10-3) shot 58 percent from the field to crush the Catamounts (3-9) in Durham, N.C.
•Illinois point guard Khalid Lewis will miss Wednesday's Big Ten opener against Michigan because of the mumps, according to the Decatur Herald-Review. Lewis averages 3.7 points and 3.2 assists in 23 minutes per game. The Illinois campus had an outbreak of mumps at the beginning of the school year and urged students to re-immunize.
•Marquette signed coach Steve Wojciechowski to a two-year contract extension. The Golden Eagles went 13-19 in Wojciechowski's first season and are 10-2 this year.