#1 Men’s Basketball Falls to Temple

HOUSTON (AP) – Damian Dunn scored 16 points and made the go-ahead free throw as Kur Jongkuch blocked Houston’s go-ahead attempt in the final seconds as Temple held on and defeated the top-ranked Cougars 56-55 on Sunday.

Temple improved to 3-18 against No. 1 ranked teams. The Owls (12-9, 6-2 American Athletic Conference) earned their first win over a No. 1 ranked team since a 77-69 win at No. 1 Cincinnati on Feb. 20, 2000.

Tied at 55, Dunn made a free throw with 1:06 left to give Temple a one-point lead. Jamal Shead missed a 3-pointer and Nick Jourdain grabbed the rebound. Dunn missed a layup with 8 seconds left, and Jongkuch grabbed the rebound, but the Owls were whistled for a shot clock violation upon review.

Trailing by one, Shead drove to the basket but Jongkuch blocked it out of bounds with 1.3 seconds left. Tramon Mark’s tip-in attempt fell short at the buzzer to give the Owls the win.
Zach Hicks added 12 points for Temple, which snapped a six-game losing streak to Houston. The Owls shot 31% but were 20 of 22 from the free throw line.

Shead scored 13 points, and Marcus Sasser added 12 points for Houston (18-2, 6-1), which saw its nine-game winning streak snapped.
Houston shot 34% but were 11 of 21 from the free throw line.

Tied at 47, Temple used an 8-1 spurt to open up a 55-48 lead on two free throws by Jourdain with 6 1/2 minutes remaining. Houston responded with a 7-0 run to tie it at 55.

Temple: The Owls improved to 2-0 this season against ranked opponents. . Temple did not make a field goal in the final 7:18 and were 5 of 21 from the field in the second half. . The Owls had 11 assists on 14 field goals.

Houston: With the game tied at the half at 30 apiece, it marked the first time this season the Cougars have not led at the half. . Coach Kelvin Sampson was issued a technical foul in the second half for arguing a foul call. . Houston outrebounded Temple 39-33.

Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker, third base Coach Gary Pettis and closer Ryan Pressly sat courtside for the game.

• Following Sunday’s game, the Cougars face UCF at 6 pm (CST), Wednesday, inside Addition Financial Arena in Orlando, Fla.
• The Cougars look to sweep the regular-season series against the Knights after claiming a 71-65 inside the Fertitta Center on Dec. 31, 2022.
• The Cougars then play host to Cincinnati at 1:15 pm, Sunday, Jan. 28, inside the Fertitta Center in a game played on CBS. Houston took a 72-59 win inside Fifth Third Arena in Cincinnati on Jan. 8.
• From there, Houston opens the month of February with a road contest at Wichita State at 8 pm, Feb. 2, in Wichita, Kan. That game will air on ESPN2.
• All Houston Men’s Basketball games can be heard on 950 AM KPRC.

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