By Annie Ross
Quinton Rose scored 19 points and Shizz Alston Jr. 13 as Temple beat Central Florida 75-56.
Temple (16-12, 8-8 American) built a 16-0 start with Steve Leonard making two 3-pointers and Obi Enechionyia and Josh Brown adding 3s.
A.J. Davis’ 3 with 12:39 before halftime served as UCF’s (17-11, 8-8) first basket of the game as the Knights missed their first six shots, two free throws and turned it over three times.
The Owls were up 33-20 at halftime and led by double figures the entire second half. Nate Pierre-Louis scored 11 for Temple and J.P. Moorman II grabbed 10 rebounds. Temple shot 52 percent (29 of 56) including 9 of 20 from beyond the 3-point arc.
Davis led the Knights with 18 points and UCF shot 16 of 50 from the field.