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Temple easily cruises past UCF

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Temple easily cruises past UCF

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Quinton Rose scored 19 points and Shizz Alston Jr. scored 13 and Temple beat Central Florida 75-56 on Sunday in a game it never trailed.

Temple (16-12, 8-8 American) built a 16-0 start with Steve Leonard making two 3-pointers and Obi Enechionyia and Josh Brown adding 3s. A.J. Davis' 3 with 12:39 before halftime served as UCF's (17-11, 8-8) first basket of the game as the Knights missed their first six shots, two free throws and turned it over three times.

The Owls were up 33-20 at halftime and led by double figures the entire second half. Nate Pierre-Louis scored 11 for Temple and J.P. Moorman II grabbed 10 rebounds. Temple shot 52 percent (29 of 56) including 9 of 20 from beyond the 3-point arc.

Davis led the Knights with 18 points and UCF shot 16 of 50 from the field.

Temple jumps out to early lead and doesn't look back vs. Loyola (Md.)

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Temple jumps out to early lead and doesn't look back vs. Loyola (Md.)

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Shizz Alston, Jr. made 4 of 7 from 3-point range and had 18 points and three blocks to help Temple beat Loyola (Md.) 81-67 on Friday night.

Quinton Rose added 16 points, six rebounds and six assists, Nate Pierre-Louis scored 16 and Ernest Aflakpui 10. The Owls (4-0) built a 16-0 lead in the first 3 minutes and mostly kept the lead in double digits the rest of the way.

Brent Holcombe had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Andrew Kostecka added 14 points for Loyola.

The Greyhounds (1-3) had a 9-2 run to cut the deficit to 30-24 in the first half but that was as close as they would get. Temple pushed the lead back to 45-33 by halftime and kept their advantage between nine and 18 in the second half.

Temple committed just eight turnovers to Loyola's 22.

Temple can't stop nation's longest winning streak, loses to No. 9 UCF in shootout

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Temple can't stop nation's longest winning streak, loses to No. 9 UCF in shootout

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ORLANDO, Fla. — McKenzie Milton threw for 312 yards and three touchdowns to help No. 9 UCF hold off Temple 52-40 and extend the nation's longest winning streak to 21 games Thursday night.

Taj McGowan scored on runs of 1 and 10 yards, the latter finishing a long drive that put the Knights (8-0, 5-0 American Athletic Conference) up by nine points after Temple (5-4, 4-1) nearly rallied to tie it.

Milton, returning to the lineup after missing a game with an undisclosed injury, finished 17 of 33 with one interception. Dredrick Snelson scored on a 19-yard reception and Michael Colubiale had TD catches of 9 and 19 yards to ensure the Knights gained sole possession of first place in the AAC East Division.

Anthony Russo completed 31 of 52 passes for 444 yards and four touchdowns for Temple, which had a three-game winning streak snapped despite gaining 670 yards on a night the teams combined to gain over 1,300 yards.

Ventell Bryant scored on receptions of 15 and 8 yards for the Owls. Russo also threw to Branden Mack and Randle Jones while building a 34-28 halftime that lasted less than a minute into the third quarter.

UCF took a 42-34 lead into the fourth quarter and stopped a potential tying two-point conversion before pulling away for good.

In addition to staying on top of the East Division standings, UCF remained on course to be part of the discussion about which teams deserve to be part of the College Football Playoff in December.

The Knights, denied a spot in the four-team playoff field a year ago despite finishing as the only undefeated team in the FBS, were 12th in the initial CFP rankings released this week.

Lots of offense
In the first half alone, the teams combined for 808 yards — 510 passing and 298 rushing — with Russo throwing for 277 and three TDs and Milton countering with 233 yards and two TDs. Both quarterbacks had a rushing TD in the second quarter, Russo scoring on a 5-yard run on a fake field goal play.

The takeaway
Temple: The Owls are 5-2 since Russo took over at quarterback following losses to Villanova and Buffalo to begin the season. Armstead returned from missing two games with an ankle injury, immediately making his presence felt with a 33-yard burst on the first play from scrimmage. The senior running back finished with 142 yards on 27 carries.

UCF: Milton had another big night, however the Knights kept the nation's longest winning streak alive by running for 318 yards and doing a good job defensively of keeping Temple out of the end zone in the second half.

Poll implications
One of the knocks on UCF's success is the Knights' strength of schedule. Temple is the only team the defending AAC champions have beaten this season that currently has a winning record.

Up next
Temple: at Houston, Nov. 10

UCF: Remain home vs. Navy, Nov. 10