Memphis, TN — Josh Brown’s game-winning shot with just seconds left gave the Owls a 61-60 win over the Memphis Tigers. Coach Fran Dunphy chose not to call a timeout after a made basket from Memphis guard Kedren Johnson gave the Tigers a 60-59 lead with under 10 seconds to go. Senior guard Will Cummings took the inbounds pass, dribbled across half court and found the wide open Brown for the game winner. Had Dunphy called a timeout, Memphis would have had time to set up their defense, but instead, the Owls capitalized on a golden opportunity that won them the game. Jesse Morgan (16), Will Cummings (13), and Quenton DeCosey (10) scored in double figures for the Owls who, at one point trailed by 16 points.
Temple was without big man Obi Enechionyia, and they could have used him on the boards. The Owls were outrebounded 29-14 in the first half, and Memphis forward Shaq Goodwin pulled down 17 of them. Temple trailed 38-28 at the half, but in the second half, they looked like a different team. An 11-2 run to start the second half brought the Owls within 1, but the turning point in the game seemed to be when Tigers’ forward Austin Nichols landed awkwardly after going up for a rebound. Nichols, who led all scorers with 17 points, left the game with an apparent ankle injury, and the Owls took advantage. Jaylen Bond was huge in the final 6 minutes of the game, scoring 6 of the Owls final 11 points. The Owls win is their first over the Tigers since the 2000-2001 season. With the win, Temple improves to 17-7 overall and hold an 8-3 record in the American Conference.
The Owls will put their 5 game winning streak on the line Tuesday, when they host the Cincinnati Bearcats (17-6, 8-3) at 7:30.
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