The Temple men's basketball team started the season showing it could compete with Top 25 teams, losing close games to Butler and Utah in Puerto Rico.
On Tuesday, the Owls showed they could beat a Top 25 team with an upset road victory over No. 22/23 Cincinnati, 77-70, to open American Athletic Conference play. Temple is 6-5, while Cincinnati fell to 10-4.
Had they won one of those early games as well as what turned into an overtime loss against St. Joe's, they might be in better shape to snap a two-year drought of not making the NCAA Tournament. As it is, they'll need plenty more shooting days like Tuesday.
Not known for their long-range proficiency in the early going this season, Temple drained 10 threes against the Bearcats and shot 50 percent overall. With the game tied in the closing minutes, the Owls went on an 8-0 run that the Bearcats couldn't answer.
In the run, Devin Coleman - who has struggled in the early part of the season - and Daniel Dingle each hit 3-pointers. Both players finished with 14 points and combined to shoot 6-of-10 from beyong the arc.
Quenton DeCosey continued his success getting to the line, where he converted 10-of-11 free throws, and finished with 19 points, while Josh Brown added 11 in the kind of balanced offensive game that has been lacking at times in the early going.
The victory gave the Owls a win over a ranked team for the ninth straight year.
Temple's next game is Saturday at home against Houston as it looks for a third straight victory.