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Temple primed for late season run; Penn looking for three in a row; Villanova eyes bounce back

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Temple primed for late season run; Penn looking for three in a row; Villanova eyes bounce back

Temple (4-5, 2-3 AAC) vs. Cincinnati (3-6, 1-4 AAC)
Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
Friday, 7 p.m., ESPN2


Last time out
Temple beat Navy, 34-26, on Thursday.

Cincinnati beat Tulane, 17-16, on Saturday.

Scouting report
Both teams are fighting to stay bowl eligible. An Owls' win would knock the Bearcats out of bowl contention and an Owls' loss would leave them with zero margin for error and a game against top-25 ranked UCF on the horizon.

Temple has played two solid offensive games in a row behind new starting QB Frank Nutile, who completed 22 of 30 passes for 289 yards, four touchdowns and just one interception in last week’s upset victory against Navy. Nutile will face a tough Bearcats' pass defense this weekend that gives up just 208 yards per game, which is second in the AAC, and has allowed 16 touchdowns on the season.

What it means
If Temple wants to have any chance to make a bowl game, they have to win two of their last three.

Series history
Temple owns the series lead 11-7-1 and has won the last two matchups between the teams, including a 34-13 blowout last year.

What’s next?
Temple hosts Central Florida.

Cincinnati travels to play East Carolina.

Penn (4-4, 2-3 Ivy) at Harvard (5-3, 3-2 Ivy)
Harvard Stadium, Boston, Massachusetts
12:00 p.m. Saturday

Last time out
Penn defeated Princeton, 38-35, Saturday.

Harvard defeated Columbia 21-14, Saturday.

Scouting report
The matchup to watch this weekend is the battle in the trenches. Harvard has a strong rush defense that is one of the best in the Ivy League and Penn’s rushing offense is second in the conference. Harvard allows only 102 yards per game on the ground, second in the conference. Penn rushes for 180 yards per game. Only Yale (230) averages more on a per game basis. Since Harvard has eight interceptions (second in the Ivy) this season, look for Penn to pound the football to try to add to its win total.

Series history
This is the 88th meeting between the teams. The Crimson hold a 48-37-2 advantage and the Quakers won 27-14 last season.

What’s next?
Penn hosts Cornell.

Harvard is at Yale.

Villanova (4-5, 2-4 CAA) at Rhode Island (2-7, 1-5 CAA)
Meade Stadium, Kingston, Rhode Island
12:00 p.m. Saturday

Last time out
Villanova lost to Richmond, 22-0, Saturday.

Rhode Island lost to James Madison, 38-3, Saturday.

Scouting report
Villanova is known this season for its run defense, which is the best in the Colonial. The Wildcats allow just 71 yards per game on the ground and Rhode Island is the 10th best rushing offense in the conference. The Rams, on the other hand, are one of the better passing offenses in the Colonial. They average 231 yards through the air, third best in the conference. Whoever can sustain success in their respective strength will come out on top in this matchup.

Series history
Villanova leads the series 19-3. The Wildcats won 35-0 last season.

What’s next?
Villanova hosts Delaware.

Rhode Island is at Towson.

Temple falls on last-second 3 in OT

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Temple falls on last-second 3 in OT

BOX SCORE 

Jeremiah Martin scored 26 points and Kareem Brewton Jr., hit a game-winning 3-pointer off a broken play and Memphis defeated Temple 75-72 in overtime Saturday, winning its first game on the road this season.

With time running out, Brewton appeared to pass from the wing to the low post, but the ball was deflected. Brewton chased the ball down and his turnaround 3 landed with no time showing on the clock, sending the Tigers (12-6, 3-2 American) onto the court in celebration. Brewton scored half of his 10 points in the last 1:16 of overtime.

After review, one second was put back on the clock, Temple's long inbounds pass was intercepted, Jimario Rivers knocked down two free throws and Shizz Alston, Jr.'s Temple (8-9, 1-5) desperation 3 didn't fall.

Mike Parks, Jr. added 12 points for Memphis and Brewton and Kyvon Davenport scored 10 each.

Temple surged ahead in overtime with three straight from distance -- two by Nate Pierre-Louis and one from Alston.

Louis scored 23 points and Alston 19 for Temple, which was coming off its stunner in Dallas, where the Owls snapped SMU's 33-game home win streak.

Josh Brown sinks 1 of NCAA's longest streaks

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Josh Brown sinks 1 of NCAA's longest streaks

BOX SCORE

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.