The Bearcats came into this game on a two game winning streak and seeking revenge from a loss from the hands of the Owls in December 77-70. If they could win they could push their conference record to 4-2. They traveled to the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pa for a shot improve upon their current record.
The first half was ugly, but the Bearcats were able to take a 24-22 despite starting point guard Troy Caupain picking up 2 quick fouls and only playing 4 minutes in the half. The stat that jumped out to me is they had 10 turnovers and 6 assists yet they had a lead. UC had a huge presence on the boards out rebounding the Owls 22-14.
UC shot 39.3% from the field and the Owls shot 33.3% from the field.
In the second half the Bearcats did a better job at taking care of the ball they only had 5 turnovers to 7 assists which was an improvement. UC had a lead as big as 5 points and the Owls had a lead as big as 8 points, but at the end of the game it went to overtime. Caupain split some free throws with .32 seconds left and then after a Temple turnover followed his miss for a left hand tip in to push the game to OT.
In the first overtime both teams only scored 4 points apiece, but while up 1 point Ellis fouled out and Jaylen Bond split to tie the game. Caupain missed a floater and Coreontae DeBerry got the offensive rebound and missed the put back.
Now with the game tied at 60 they played a second overtime. The Bearcats were up 3 points with 1:58 left after 2 made free throws by Caupain, but a shot from the heavens from three by Devin Coleman tied the game at 65. After Bond got a tip in, Caupain turned the ball over and sealed a Temple victory 67-65.
The Owls have swept the Bearcats 2-0 this season and have the Bearcats back against the wall with a record of 13-6 overall and 3-3 in the AAC.
The Owls were lead by guard Quenton Decosey who had 22 points and 5 rebounds.
Bearcats had solid games from Ellis 14 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks. Clark had 12 points, 14 rebounds and 2 blocks. Caupain had 14 points and 4 rebounds.
The Bearcats are off until Thursday when they host the Memphis Tigers at Fifth Third Arena at 7 pm for another AAC battle.