Temple throttles UCF for second straight win

The Temple men’s basketball team appears to be back on track, winning its second straight after a three-game losing streak. The Owls drilled Central Florida, 86-62, in Orlando, beating the Knights for the second time this season. Temple improved to 14-7 overall and 5-3 in the American Athletic Conference, while UCF dropped to 9-11, 2-7.

The Temple men’s basketball team appears to be back on track, winning its second straight after a three-game losing streak.

The Owls drilled Central Florida, 86-62, in Orlando, beating the Knights for the second time this season. Temple improved to 14-7 overall and 5-3 in the American Athletic Conference, while UCF dropped to 9-11, 2-7.

The victory followed up a dominating home win over South Florida last week, showing the Owls could be turning the season around with Will Cummings apparently healthy again after a leg injury limited him during the team’s three-game skid.

Cummings had 14 points, three assists, a steal and no turnovers in a team-high 30 minutes on Wednesday. Jesse Morgan added a team-high 15 points.

As encouraging as the performances of Cummings and Morgan were, the best sign of the night might have been the emergence of Devin Coleman, who exploded for 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting off the bench. Coleman also contributed two steals, an assist and a block.

Quenton DeCosey added 13 points as the Owls shot over 50 percent for the game. Devontate Watson contributed nine points and nine rebounds with a block and a steal.

This game was never in doubt as Temple ran out to a 37-18 halftime lead and that was with only shooting 41 percent in the first half. The Owls connected at a 58 percent clip after the break.

For the Owls, there wasn’t much not to like except having to fly home to frigid Philadelphia, where they will host Tulane on Saturday.

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