Will Cummings scored his 1,000th career point on his return home to Florida and the Temple men’s basketball team won its fourth straight game, beating South Florida, 61-48, on Wednesday night.
Cummings scored 19 points, including 13 in the second half, as the Owls rallied from a one-point halftime deficit to defeat the Bulls for the second time in as many weeks.
“I didn’t even know I was close to 1,000 points until a couple games ago,” said Cummings. “It’s a long journey. I just have fun playing basketball. It’s what you want to do, but I didn’t know I was going to get it, honestly.”
After a lackluster first half offensively, the Owls used their defense to spark their offense in the second half, turning the Bulls over nine times.
“I told our guys keep shooting, and just refocus on the defensive end and get stops,” said Cummings.
Josh Brown played a key role in the second half. The sophomore hit two 3s and finished with eight points, and helped steady the ship when Cummings was in foul trouble.
Jaylen Bond finished with nine rebounds, three steals and a block to go with six points.
The Owls are 16-7 overall and 7-3 in the American Athletic Conference. They have a tough stretch ahead starting with a game at Memphis Saturday.
“I haven’t thought at all about next week, but I know what’s in front of us,” said Temple coach Fran Dunphy. “Memphis is a good basketball team and we have to be ready for that.”
Will Cummings scores 1,000th point in win
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