Perfect Storm

Sometimes a team has to hit rock bottom before starting its climb upward. The Temple men's basketball team has to hope that Tuesday night was rock bottom, its defense missing as it failed to play a competitive game at Connecticut, losing 90-66 as a blizzard hit the East Coast outside.

Sometimes a team has to hit rock bottom before starting its climb upward.

The Temple men's basketball team has to hope that Tuesday night was rock bottom, its defense missing as it failed to play a competitive game at Connecticut, losing 90-66 as a blizzard hit the East Coast outside.

The Owls dropped to 5-12 overall and remained winless in six American Athletic Conference contests in falling to the Huskies, who came into the season nationally-ranked but have had their own speed bumps in the new league.

Temple led in the second half of its first 15 games before the streak ended Saturday against La Salle, but even then it was a two-point game with under 20 seconds to play.

Tuesday's night's loss was a beat down from the start as the Owls trailed 48-34 at the half.

Will Cummings, who returned after missing the last two games with concussion-like symptoms, led the Owls with 20 points. Center Anthony Lee scored 14 points but the American's leading rebounder did not grab a single board.

DeAndre Daniels had 31 points and 12 rebounds for Connecticut, which improved to 15-4 overall and 3-3 in the league. Shabazz Napier added 27.

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