Six shooters

The Temple men’s basketball game continued its NCAA push with one of its most impressive wins of the season, throttling Cincinnati, 75-59, for its sixth straight win on Wednesday. The Owls avenged one of the ugliest losses of the season when it was blown out in the second half of an 84-53 loss in Cincinnati which also happened to be their last loss.

The Temple men’s basketball game continued its NCAA push with one of its most impressive wins of the season, throttling Cincinnati, 75-59, for its sixth straight win on Wednesday.

The Owls avenged one of the ugliest losses of the season when it was blown out in the second half of an 84-53 loss in Cincinnati which also happened to be their last loss.

Temple played the last game against the Bearcats and their vaunted pressure defense without injured point guard Will Cummings, who was front-and-center on Wednesday night with 21 points, five assists and four steals.

“Just the way they embarrassed us at thieir place was an eye-opener and set a fire under us, we wanted to come out here and make a statement,” said Cummings.

Temple became the first team in 28 games to score 70 points against Cincinnati, Jaylen Bond was a force inside with 16 points, four assists and three steals.

The Owls turned it over just eight times with 19 assists against the Bercat defense. The Owls have won 12 of the last 15 with those three losses coming during a stretch where Cummings was either hobbled or out because of a leg injury.

“(Cummings) is a great leader on the court, he does the right thing all the time,” said Bond. “We’re glad we have him back now. We would have competed a lot better (with him in the lineup).”

Temple moved into third place in the American Athletic Conference at 18-7 overall - doubling last year’s win total - and 9-3 in the league. Cincinnati fell to 17-7, 8-4.

“Everybody told us it was an important game, we figured it must be important,” said Cummings.

In addition to conference seeding, it was a big win if the Owls and Bearcats find themselves both battling for an NCAA Tournament berth.

“It was a great win against a mentally tough team,” said Temple coach Fran Dupnhy. “Our will was great tonight, no pun intended.”

The Owls were without freshman forward Obi Encechionyia for a second straight game with an ankle injury. Dunphy said Enechionyia possibly could have played Tuesday but is expected back for Saturday’s game against East Carolina.

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