The would-be hero was screaming as he ran downcourt pounding his chest, staring down the fans in the student section, who all had risen to their feet.
Dalton Pepper, the soft-spoken transfer who struggled last season but has emerged as Temple's leading scorer in his senior year, was at the peak of one of the finest performances of his career.
He scored a career-high 33 points, including 27 in the second half, to bring the Owls close, but not close enough, in an 80-76 loss to No. 15 Cincinnati in an American Athletic Conference game on Sunday afternoon at the Liacouras Center. It was Temple's eighth loss in a row, its longest losing streak since the 1975-76 season.