No.7 Louisville rolls past Temple

Temple's Devontae Watson battles Louisville's Montrezl Harrell for a rebound in Thursday night's game against the seventh-ranked Cardinals at KFC Yum! Center. The Owls, who lost to the Cardinals by 24 points on Feb. 14, fell again, 88-66, paced by Will Cummings' 18 points. For full coverage, go to www.inquirer.com/sports.
Temple's Devontae Watson battles Louisville's Montrezl Harrell for a rebound in Thursday night's game against the seventh-ranked Cardinals at KFC Yum! Center. The Owls, who lost to the Cardinals by 24 points on Feb. 14, fell again, 88-66, paced by Will Cummings' 18 points. For full coverage, go to www.inquirer.com/sports. (JAMIE RHODES / USA Today)
Posted: March 01, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A poor night from the perimeter led to a long night for Temple as the Owls fell, 88-66, to No. 7 Louisville on Thursday at the KFC Yum Center.

Will Cummings led the Owls (7-20, 2-13 American Athletic Conference) with 18 points on 6-of-14 shooting. His teammates also struggled as Temple made just 42 percent of its shots.

The Owls hit only 21 percent of their shots from the three-point line (4 of 19). If not for Nick Pendergast's three-pointer with 1 minute, 5 seconds left, they would have finished with a season-worst performance from beyond the arc.

Louisville (24-4, 13-2) jumped out to a 24-6 lead with 12:53 left in the first half. The Owls cut it to 30-21 on Cummings' baseline jumper with 5:37 left, but another Cardinals run, this one by 8-0, made it a 17-point game with 3:15 remaining.

Temple trimmed Louisville's lead to 11 in the first minute of the second half, but the Cardinals soon eliminated any hope for a comeback. The hosts, who boast one of college basketball's toughest defenses, held Temple to 13-of-33 shooting in the second half and grew the lead to as many as 29 points.

"You have to really pay attention to details," Temple coach Fran Dunphy said. "They speed, they really speed you up."

Cummings said the Owls took some bad shots in the second half. But Louisville's defense also put them in more half-court settings, which disrupted the flow of the offense.

"That's what they tend to do on defense," Cummings said.

For the third time in four games, Temple was without the services of starting forward Anthony Lee because of an injured toe on his left foot. The conference's leading rebounder participated in pregame activities but ended up not dressing for the game. Dunphy said getting Lee back to health was his top concern.

On Saturday night, the Owls host Houston, which upset No. 21 Memphis, 77-68, on Thursday.

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