By Harry Allison
Jalen Adams scored 25 points and Terry Larrier added 13 as UConn upset the visiting Temple 72-66.
Connecticut (14-16, 7-10 American), shot just 37 percent from the floor, but made 11 3-pointers and held Temple (16-13, 8-9) to 6-of-31 shooting from behind the arc.
Obi Enechionyia had 15 points to lead the Owls, who have lost three of four to fall a half game behind UCF into seventh place in the conference standings. Shizz Alston had 13 points, but made just five of his 15 attempts from the floor. Quinton Rose was 5 of 20 and had 11 points.
Temple led by two points at halftime, but UConn opened the second half with a 10-0 run to lead 42-34.
Temple, which shot 36 percent for the game, made just four of their first 20 shots after intermission.
”I’m sure that they felt pretty good that we were going to shoot that poorly from the 3-point line,” said Temple coach Fran Dunphy. ”But we had so many opportunities at the rim that we couldn’t take advantage of.”
The Owls trailed 51-42 before going on a run of their own. A layup by freshman Nate Pierre-Louis tied the game at 56 with just over four minutes to play. But UConn did not relinquish the lead.
A layup from Adams put the Huskies up 68-62 with 34 seconds to play. That forced Temple to foul the rest of the way and UConn made its free throws.
”Jalen kind of took the game over,” said UConn coach Kevin Ollie. ”When he wasn’t making baskets, he was making pretty assists.”