22-point Loss, 20-loss Season

The Temple men's basketball team was hoping to continue an impressive string of five straight seasons with a win over a top-10 team. Instead Thursday's visit to Lousville resulted in the Owls' 20th loss of the season, an 88-66 thrashing by the seventh-ranked and defending national champion Cardinals.

The Temple men's basketball team was hoping to continue an impressive string of five straight seasons with a win over a top-10 team.

Instead Thursday's visit to Lousville resulted in the Owls' 20th loss of the season, an 88-66 thrashing by the seventh-ranked and defending national champion Cardinals.

The culprit for the Owls was similar to the previous 19 defeats – a porous defense that didn't defend the post or the perimeter.

There was no doubt about the outcome from the beginning as Temple fell behind by scores of 12-2 and 24-6. Louisville led by 13 at the break and pushed the lead over 20 by draining five three-pointers in the second half – most without a defender in the vicinity.

Will Cummings put up 18 points, six rebounds and five steals, while Quenton DeCosey added 17 but the Owls turned the ball over 17 times while dishing out only nine assists.

Louisville shot 53 percent for the game. Russ Smith had 24 points and four of the Cardinals' 13 steals.

The only positive for the Owls is the game ends a stretch of five in a row against ranked teams – they went 1-4 with a win over SMU and overtime loss at Memphis.

Temple returns home for a 9 p.m. contest Saturday against Houston, which is coming off a big win over Memphis. The Owls are 7-20 overall and 2-12 in the American – last in the 10-team league – while Louisville improved to 24-4, 13-2.

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