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 at Fifth Third Arena.
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.
"I think there is a light at the end of the tunnel," said Temple coach Fran Dunphy. "I am proud of our guys. But we need to finish better, and show a little bit more toughness. Hopefully we are getting there."
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, starting in place of Will Cummings, who did not make the trip due to concussion symptoms.
"That did hurt us," Dunphy said.
Cincinnati had several chances to put the Owls away, but could not do so until late in the second half.
The game began sloppily, as the teams combined to shoot 10-for-29 and commit 11 turnovers in the first 10 minutes.
Temple, which averaged 10 turnovers coming in, reached that mark with 7:22 remaining in the first half.
"Give Temple a lot of credit," Cronin said. "They did a good job of confusing us with their zone. I don't think the (top-25) ranking had anything to do with it. Our focus wasn't there for most of the game."
NOTES: Cincinnati is 5-0 in conference play for the first time since the 2002-03 season, when they started 6-0 in Conference USA. ... G Will Cummings, who averages 16.1 points, didn't make the trip to Cincinnati, leaving the Owls with just seven scholarship players. He 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. ... 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). ... The Bearcats now leads the all-time series 15-6, including a 6-1 mark in Cincinnati.