Familiar Story

In what has become a common theme for the Temple men's basketball team, it held a second-half lead coming down the stretch Tuesday night at nationally-ranked Cincinnati. But as has been the case most of the season, the Owls let the lead slip away. Cincinnati closed on a 22-9 run and defeated the Owls, 69-58.

In what has become a common theme for the Temple men's basketball team, it held a second-half lead coming down the stretch Tuesday night at nationally-ranked Cincinnati.

But as has been the case most of the season, the Owls let the lead slip away. Cincinnati closed on a 22-9 run after Dalton Pepper scored a basket to give Temple a 49-47 lead with under seven minutes to play and defeated the Owls, 69-58.

No. 19 Cincinnati is 16-2 overall and 5-0 in the American Athletic Conference, while Temple - which has held a second-half lead in all 15 games this season - fell to 5-10, 0-5.

"There's a light at the end of the tunnel," said Temple coach Fran Dunphy. "We're right where we need to be in so many games. We need to finish better and show a little toughness down the stretch."

The Owls played without starting point guard Will Cummings, who suffered concussion-like symptoms in the loss to South Florida Thursday. While he played Saturday at home against Memphis, Temple announced he stayed home because of the flight and quick turnaround.

"(Cummings) is a strength of ours, he has great speed, quickness and could have created more offense," said Dunphy. "But (freshman) Josh Brown came of age, did a good job substituting for Will."

Dalton Pepper scored 21 points. Quenton DeCosey contributed 17 and Anthony Lee added 14 points and 11 rebounds.

But once again it wasn't enough as Sean Kilpatrick scored 23 points and was 6-of-13 on three--pointers, killing the Owls down the stretch. Temple will now turn its attention to a Big 5 game and ESPN GameDay contest against La Salle at the Palestra on Saturday.

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