Temple falls short against Memphis in overtime

Temple's Quenton DeCosey goes to the hoop against Memphis' Austin Nichols (left) and Shaq Goodwin. The No. 22 Tigers led, 40-32, at halftime of a game that ended too late for this edition.
Temple's Quenton DeCosey goes to the hoop against Memphis' Austin Nichols (left) and Shaq Goodwin. The No. 22 Tigers led, 40-32, at halftime of a game that ended too late for this edition. (LANCE MURPHEY / Associated Press)
Posted: February 24, 2014

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Temple had another upset in its sights, more than once, Saturday night but allowed 22d-ranked Memphis to escape with an 82-79 overtime win at FedEx Forum.

The Owls (7-19, 2-12), got 24 points from Will Cummings; 23 from Quenton DeCosey; and 20 from senior Dalton Pepper, including a three-point play that forced the game into overtime at 74 and a three-pointer that gave Temple a 78-77 lead in the extra period. Temple helped its cause with 11 three-pointers.

Temple had looks at both the end of regulation and overtime for the lead, but DeCosey missed two jumpers in the second half and Pepper a three-pointer at game's end.

The Tigers (21-6, 10-4) had five double-figure performances, and too many ways to dent a shorthanded Owls bench. Memphis was led by Shaq Goodwin, who had 18 of his 20 points after the first-half break, including the dunk that made it an 80-77 game. Freshman Austin Nichols had a career night with 17 points, 12 boards, and 7 blocks. Joe Jackson and sub Michael Dixon Jr. each scored 12, while Geron Johnson added 10.

A week ago Temple pulled a shocker over Southern Methodist, while the Tigers lost an OT game at Connecticut.

Still, it was the 14th loss in 16 games in 2014 for Temple, playing a string of five straight games against top-25 teams. The Owls came into the game with only seven healthy scholarship players as Anthony Lee was out with a toe injury suffered against UConn.

"It was a great effort in a great atmosphere against a team that's got it going," Temple coach Fran Dunphy said. "But we made a couple of miscues at the end of regulation and overtime, tried to shoot too fast when we had more time in each situation. And we could have done a better job inside."

Goodwin had dominated the paint (23 points, 11 boards) for the Tigers in their 79-69 win at Temple on Jan. 11. Cummings, who like Pepper played 44 of the 45 minutes Saturday, said: "That's where they kicked us again, pounding the ball inside. We did a lot of things well, but we just didn't do enough at the end. . . . But it was there for us."

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