Cincinnati 69, Temple 58

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CINCINNATI - Senior guard Sean Kilpatrick scored 23 points, including six 3-pointers, and forward Justin Jackson added 15 points with 10 rebounds and six blocks, helping No. 19 Cincinnati hold off shorthanded Temple 69-58 in an American Athletic Conference matchup on Tuesday.

Cincinnati (16-2, 5-0 American) extended its winning streak to nine. The Bearcats now have won 14 straight games at home, dating to last season.

Temple (5-10, 0-5 American) had three players in double figures, led by guard Dalton Pepper's 21 points. Guard Quenton DeCosey scored 17 points and guard Anthony Lee added 14 for the Owls.

Freshman guard Josh Brown and sophomore guard Devontae Watson, who had one start combined for the Owls, both started Tuesday's game due to injuries. Brown finished with six assists.

Temple came in averaging 77.5 points, but committed 15 turnovers on Tuesday, one shy of its season high. The 58 points tied a season low for Temple.

Cincinnati, which led by just two points at halftime, had several chances to put the Owls away, but did not do it until late in the second half.

DeCosey's dunk and baseline jumper tied the score at 45. Then, Brown's three-point play gave Temple a 47-45 lead with 7:24 left.

But, a pair of 3-pointers by Kilpatrick put the Bearcats ahead to stay.

The game began sloppily, as the teams combined to shoot 10-for-29 and commit 11 turnovers in the first 10 minutes.

The Owls stayed close early, but the Bearcats went on an 11-0 run late in the first half. Kilpatrick's dish to Jackson for a two-handed dunk put Cincinnati ahead 19-11.

Temple, which averaged 10 turnovers coming in, reached that mark with 7:22 remaining in the first half.

Kilpatrick and Jackson carried much of the early scoring load for Cincinnati, combining for 20 of the Bearcats' 27 first-half points.

However, Lee's dunk off an assist from Brown brought the Owls to within 27-25 at halftime. Lee scored 10 first-half points.

NOTES: Temple junior G Will Cummings, who averages 16.1 points, didn't make the trip to Cincinnati, leaving the Owls with just seven scholarship players. Cummings suffered a concussion in the first half against South Florida on Jan. 9, but he returned to score 11 points Saturday in the Owls' loss to Memphis. ... Temple Freshman PG Josh Brown made his first career start. ... Bearcats Freshman F Jermaine Lawrence missed his third consecutive game due to a sprained left big toe. ... Cincinnati G Sean Kilpatrick moved into sixth place on the school's all-time scoring list, passing Pat Cummings (1,762 points from 1975-79).

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