A 77-70 victory over #22 Cincinnati will give the Owls a 1-0 record in the AAC to begin the season. This is the ninth season in a row that Temple has taken down a ranked team, and acts as their biggest win of the season. The Owls were certainly not intimidated by the Bearcat’s record. Temple shot a season best from the field with 57.1% and a season best from behind the arc as well at 50%.
From tip off to the final buzzard there was intensity on both ends of the court, with 10 lead changes and the score being tied 5 times in the first half alone and then 6 lead changes and 4 more ties in the second. Neither teams lead exceeded 7 points over the course of the game. With just over 3 minutes left to play and the score tied yet again at 65-65, DeCosey goes to the line to start the Owls 6-0 run and claim the final lead of the game. Decosey was 10-11 from the free throw line and 4-7 from the field, contributing a total of 19 points to the Owls’ offense. Four Owls total scored in the double digits tonight; Josh Brown scored 11 points and picked up 5 rebounds, and Devin Coleman and Dan Dingle each picked up 14 points. This was a career high for Dan Dingle, and he even got homage from Cincinnati alum and NBA Hall of Famer, Oscar Robertson (The Big O).
Temple may have had its best offensive night of the season, but it was its defense that kept the lead alive for the win. In the final moments of the game Bond and Brown came up clutch with a crucial rebound by Bond and a steal from Brown, his third of the night, would seal the deal for a Temple victory over the Cincinnati Bearcats. The Owls record now carries a winning record of 6-5, and 1-0 in the American Athletic Conference.