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Josh Brown comes through in the clutch again

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Josh Brown comes through in the clutch again

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Quinton Rose scored 19 points with four 3-pointers, Josh Brown hit the winning basket with 28 seconds left, and Temple beat Tulsa 59-58 on Wednesday night.

Temple closed to 58-57 on Obi Enechionyia's 3 with 1:24 to go and Brown's layup off of J.P. Moorman II's offensive rebound put the Owls up 59-58. Shizz Alston Jr. stole the ball on Tulsa's final possession.

Enechionyia scored 15 points with four 3-pointers and three blocks and the Owls (9-9, 2-5 American Conference) made 11 3-pointers and forced 18 Tulsa turnovers. Moorman had four steals, a season high for the team.

DaQuan Jeffries' dunked it and Tulsa pulled away from a 26-all halftime tie to lead 45-38 with 12:04 left.

Junior Etou scored 12 points and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds for his fourth career double-double for Tulsa (10-9, 3-4), which has lost four straight. Martins Igbanu added 12 points, Sterling Taplin had 11, and Lawson Korita 10.

Josh Brown sinks 1 of NCAA's longest streaks

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Josh Brown sinks 1 of NCAA's longest streaks

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DALLAS -- Quinton Rose and Obi Enechionyia combined for 39 points and Josh Brown scored the game-winner as Temple -- winless in American Conference play coming in -- upended SMU 66-64 Wednesday night and broke a 33-game home win streak for the Mustangs in Dallas, second longest in the NCAA.

Brown took an inbound pass with 23.1 seconds left, dribbled down the clock, drove the left side of the lane and made a jump hook with 1.5 seconds to go for a 66-64 lead. SMU's pass to midcourt was tipped out of bounds at 0.4. The Mustangs couldn't get off a shot before the final buzzer.

The loss is the first at home for SMU (12-6, 2-3) since Feb. 10, 2016 and the first for coach Tim Jankovich. A win would have tied the program record of 34 straight home wins.

Shake Milton led SMU with 25 points and he scored the last six for the Mustangs. Jarrey Foster and Ben Emelogu added 11 each.

Temple (8-8, 1-4), which snapped a five-game skid, led by as many as 13 after halftime when SMU began a 17-4 rally with a Foster dunk and an Emelogu 3-pointer --off a Foster defensive rebound. A sequence with another Foster dunk, an Emelogu layup and a Foster fast-break drive off a steal, made it 59-58 with 3:41 left. SMU made 6 of 10 shots in the rally with six steals and just one turnover.

Milton gave the Mustangs a 60-59 lead, their first in more than 20 minutes, with a pair of free throws and his jumper with 1:21 to go made it 64-62.

Rose led the Owls with 23 points, Enechionyia added 16, including a 3-pointer and jumper to tie with just under a minute and Brown scored five points.

Rare Dunphy outburst costs Temple

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Rare Dunphy outburst costs Temple

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Stuck in a losing streak and clinging to a two-point lead over a Top 25 team, perhaps Temple coach Fran Dunphy should have taken a swig out of a water bottle instead of taking a swing at one.

Angered over an offensive foul whistled against the Owls, Dunphy -- who would rarely be confused with his Hall of Fame predecessor John Chaney for furious outbursts -- smacked the bottle on the scorer's table and the plastic container soared onto the court.

Dunphy was whistled for a technical -- and No. 19 Cincinnati pounced.

The Bearcats took the lead off the T, then capped their rally when Jacob Evans III hit the winner with .4 seconds to play to send the Bearcats to a 55-53 win over Temple on Thursday night.

"I'm usually pretty good at grabbing the bottle," Dunphy said. "I fumbled it and it went on the court. One official came from the other side and said, `I have to call it.'"

Dunphy clearly didn't mean to send the bottle to a landing spot just shy of midcourt. But his open-hand slap with 2:20 left turned the tide toward the Bearcats.

"That's not my style," Dunphy said. "I don't get technical fouls. I don't want players getting them and I shouldn't be getting them either."

Cincinnati forward Gary Clark made one of two free throws off the technical to cut the Bearcats' deficit to one. Kyle Washington put the Bearcats ahead 52-50 on a 3-pointer off a loose ball rebound from Clark's miss.

Alani Moore II scored three straight points for Temple that tied the game at 53-all.

Evans hit the jumper from a step inside the top of the 3-point arc over Josh Brown in the final second to win it.

"I just tried to use my size and get a shot up on the rim," Evans said. "Everybody's watching. It's a nationally televised game. That should be enough juice there. If people want to get to the next level, you've got to perform every night."

Washington led the Bearcats (13-2, 2-0 American Athletic Conference) with 18 points and Evans had 14.

Obi Enechionyia led the Owls (7-7, 0-3) with 14 points. The Owls have lost four straight games.

Temple got nothing from leading scorer Quinton Rose (16.5 points) in a game where they seriously needed his production against one of the top teams in the AAC. He missed his first five shots and didn't score until there was 5:05 left in the game. De'Vondre Perry's jumper with 8:15 left had stretched Temple's lead to 46-38 and Rose's bucket kept the lead at 50-43 and that coveted victory over a Top 25 team remained in its sight.

But there were several wasted chances for Temple.

The Owls were set to jog to the locker room with a five-point lead until a review confirmed that J.P Moorman II fouled Trevon Scott with .1 seconds left. Scott hit both to trim Temple's lead to 29-26 at the break.

The Bearcats had averaged 80.9 points a game and averaged eight 3s but were stymied by a Temple defense that helped force 13 turnovers in the first half and limited them to two 3s.

"I told them at halftime, `You don't put on your boxing gloves and it's going to get worse," Bearcats coach Mick Cronin said.

Big picture
Cincinnati: G Cane Broome (9.8 points) sat out with an injured ankle. ... The Bearcats finished with only three 3-pointers and shot only 39 percent overall from the field.

Temple: The Owls have started the same five players in every game. ... Temple shot 27 percent in the second half. ... Temple has a streak of 10 straight seasons with a win over a Top 25 team.

Ticket swap
Temple offered a ticket exchange for fans unable to attend the game because of inclement weather. There were maybe 1,000 fans at the Liacouras Center.

Up next
Cincinnati returns home to play against SMU on Sunday.

The Owls play two straight on the road, starting Sunday against UFC and Jan. 10 at SMU.