TEMPLE TIPS CENTRAL FLORIDA 63-61, KEEPS LEAD IN AAC

By Sam Bush

Temple kept its composure on Saturday, and it kept the lead in the American Athletic Conference.

Quenton DeCosey scored 16 points, including the game-winning jumper with 3.1 seconds left, and Temple edged Central Florida 63-61.

Central Florida tied the game when Daiquan Walker made two of three free throws with a minute left. DeCosey fired an airball 3 near the end of the shot clock but UCF lost the ball out of bounds. DeCosey’s desperation 3 as the shot-clock expired produced a long rebound that Temple’s Josh Browncorralled.

After a timeout at 20.6 seconds, DeCosey dribbled the time down, then worked his way to the free throw line where he pumped-faked a defender out of the way and swished the winner, keeping Temple’s NCAA hopes alive.

The Owls (18-10, 12-4 American), who got 18 points from Obi Enechionyia, are a half-game ahead of SMU, which plays Sunday, atop the league standings.

Walker had 21 points and Tacko Fall had 13 points and 14 rebounds for UCF (11-16, 5-11).

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