Cincinnati lost Justin Jackson to an ankle injury 6 minutes into the game. Jackson didn't return and didn't even wear a shoe during the second half. Jackson's status for the big game on Thursday against Louisville is unknown.
Cincinnati blew a 19 point lead in the second half. The Cats got 2 free throws from Sean Kilpatrick with 7 seconds left to take the lead. Jermaine Sanders blocked a layup attempt with a couple seconds left to hold Temple. Kevin Johnson nailed a pair of free throws to give the game it's 80-76 margin.
The Cats move to 19-2, 8-0 in the league. They were powered by a season high 29 by Kilpatrick. He was 9 of 19 from the field, 5 of 11 from 3 and 6 of 8 at the line. Shaquille Thomas scored 15 before fouling out. Titus Rubles had 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. He scored a couple of big buckets late. Troy Caupain had 8 points and a career high 9 assists.
This game was swung by Dalton Pepper. He scored 33 points, a career high, on 10 of 20 shooting. He was 8 of 13 from 3 and 5 of 5 from the foul line. It was pretty much a one man wrecking show to get the Owls back in the game. He was simply incredible. How he didn't get the ball at the end of the game is beyond me. Fran Dunphy got a little too cute by half.
Mick Cronin won his 154th game as Bearcats coach today. That ties him for the second most in school history. He can break the tie against one of his mentors, Rick Pitino. Fitting.
The headline was by Nick Howard. You too can win this honor by guessing the score before the game on twitter.
Box score via SCACC Hoops
9-8 UC 15-11
8-4 Tem 19-19
14-4 UC 33-23
Cincinnati 36 Temple 26
11-4 UC 47-30
16-15 UC 63-45
15-8 Tem 71-60
5-0 Tem 71-65
11-9 Tem 80-76
Cincinnati 80 Temple 76