The Temple men's basketball team was on the verge of a fourth straight second-half collapse before…
But also for the first time, the Owls dominated in the second half, winning the fifth-place game at the Charleston Classic, 87-66, over UAB on Sunday to even their record at 3-3.
Temple bounced back from an opening-round loss to Clemson with victories over Georgia and the Blazers (4-2) in the tournament, giving it back-to-back wins for the first time this season.
Dalton Pepper scored a career-high 24 points to go along with seven rebounds and three steals and Quenton DeCosey added 18 for the Owls, who were tied at 39 at halftime but outscored UAB, 48-27, after intermission. Will Cummings scored 17 points and Anthony Lee added 16 points and 11 rebounds in the Owls' best offensive performance of the season.
The Owls also held a 39-34 rebounding edge on a UAB team that was one of the tops in the nation on the glass.
C.J. Washington had 28 points and 10 rebounds for the Blazers, but Chad Frazier was held to 10 points after he combined for 66 points in the first two games of the tournament.
After playing three games in four days, the Owls will get a break from competition before returning to the court for a Big 5 game against St. Joe's at the Liacouras Center on Dec. 4.
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