Taking their fifth straight, Temple tops UCF

Early on, it was all Jaylen Bond for the Temple men’s basketball team. And late in the game, Will Cummings carried the load. In between there was a smattering of Josh Brown and for once not too much Jesse Morgan. It was another efficient effort for Owls, who won their fifth straight game on Sunday, beating Central Florida, 82-76

Early on, it was all Jaylen Bond for the Temple men’s basketball team.

And late in the game, Will Cummings carried the load.

In between there was a smattering of Josh Brown and for once not too much Jesse Morgan.

It was another efficient effort for Owls, who won their fifth straight game on Sunday, beating Central Florida, 82-76, to improve to 11-4 overall and 2-0 in the American Athletic Conference. Along the way they showed the balance that has made this team an early contender in the AAC.

Bond had 13 points and seven rebounds less than 10 minutes into the game and finished with 21 points, 14 boards, three blocks and a steal. Cummings added 21 points, five assists and three steals and Brown added 14 points, six rebounds, three assists and a steal without a turnover.

Quenton DeCosey contributed 12 points as nine Owls scored. Morgan – who came into the game averaging over 16 points per game - was held to 5, but on this day he wasn’t needed.

“Every night we have people who can score for us,” said Bond., who did much of his damage cleaning the offensive glass where he grabbed six offensive boards. “If one guy is not hitting, we can pick each other up and that’s what we did tonight.“

The Owls pulled away at the end of the first half, taking a 38-26 lead into the break in a fast-paced first half. While the Knights made it a two-possession game a couple times in the second half, Temple always answered the run.

Temple shot 52.8 percent in the second half and 45.5 percent for the game. The Owls’ defense blocked eight shots and totaled seven steals and they had 17 assists to eight turnovers.

Freshman Obi Enechionyia started for the first time in his career because center Devontate Watson “mis-appropriated his time (Sunday) morning,” according to coach Fran Dunphy. Watson came off the bench and blocked four shots.

B.J. Taylor led the Knights (7-6 overall, 0-2 AAU) with 21 points.

The Owls are one of three 2-0 teams in the American and as luck would have it, they will face the other two the next two games to try to get an early lead in the league. Temple travels to Tulane on Wednesday and hosts Tulsa Saturday.

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