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In a year in which the defense has been the main culprit in the first losing season in seven years, it was the offense that failed the Temple men's basketball team on Thursday night against No. 21 Connecticut The Owls failed to build on Sunday's home upset of No. 23 SMU, falling to the Huskies for the second time this season in a 68-55 setback at the Liacouras Center.

In a year in which the defense has been the main culprit in the first losing season in seven years, it was the offense that failed the Temple men's basketball team on Thursday night against No. 21 Connecticut.

The Owls (7-18 overall, 2-11 American Athletic Conference) failed to build on Sunday's home upset of No. 23 SMU, falling to the Huskies (21-5, 9-4) for the second time this season in a 68-55 setback at the Liacouras Center.

Temple shot just 34 percent for the game. The Owls led 15-8 coming up on the eight-minute timeout of the first half but Connecticut scored 11 straight points and never trailed again.

"We were just missing shots," said Quenton DeCosey, who led the Owls with 16 points but was just 5-for-15 from the floor and 0-for-5 on threes. "We just had to keep looking at the next possession, next play, next shot. We got it together, but it was a little too late towards end."

Dalton Pepper added 11 points, while Anthony Lee – back in the lineup after a one-game injury-related absence – and freshman Mark Williams added 10 points apiece.

"I'm just stayng with it, Coach has confidence in me, my teammates have confidence in me," said Williams, who played 32 minutes. "Teams are aware of (my jump-shooting), so they close out hard, and the next progression is to pump-fake, drive and get the ball to guys like Quenton for an open look. If I can get them shots, it will be better for the team."

Shabazz Napier scored a game-high 17 points for the Huskies, but he was 11-for-11 from the line and just 3-of-11 from the floor. He added 12 rebounds and seven assists.

On a positive note, the Owls held Connecticut to 22 points fewer than the previous meeting in Storrs, but the offensive struggles didn't give them a chance to win.

"The defense was better, certainly more than the first time, we corralled Napier better," said Temple coach Fran Dunphy. "We have to work on jump stops, more drive and kick, a couple times we took it all the way to the rim and got it blocked or changed. We have to manage the game a little better, we had 16 turnovers, some of which were forced."

The schedule doesn't get any easier as Temple faces its fifth-straight nationally-ranked team when it travels to No. 22 Memphis on Saturday.

"We're in this stretch of playing five top-25 teams in a row, and I looked at it, and we will have played 12 times against teams who have been in the top 25," said Dunphy. "But that's what you want. You want that challenge."

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