Temple’s Damian Dunn, left, celebrates as Houston’s Jamal Shead, proper, reacts on the finish an NCAA faculty basketball recreation Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023, in Houston. Temple received 56-55. (AP Photograph/David J. Phillip)
For a Houston staff cruising by AAC play, Sunday was alleged to be a cakewalk.
Temple had different concepts. The Owls stifled the top-ranked Cougars from the opening tip and closed the sport with a dramatic defensive stand to safe a shocking 56-55 upset.
The Owls took a late lead on a Damian Dunn free throw with 1:06 remaining then turned again two Cougars layups within the recreation’s last seconds. With the clock ticking beneath 10 seconds, Houston’s All-AAC guard Jamal Shead attacked the basket for a go-ahead layup. Temple’s Kur Jongkuch rotated from the assistance facet to pin the try on the backboard.
Houston’s Tramon Mark secured the rebound solely to search out his putback stuffed from behind by Nick Jourdain. The ball then bounced out of bounds with 1.3 seconds remaining.
The Cougars obtained a superb look on the following inbounds lob play, however Tramon Mark’s shot bounced off the rim as time expired, and the beforehand 11-9 Owls pulled off one of many greatest upsets of the season.
The defensive stand was becoming for a Temple staff that held Houston to its third-lowest output of the season. The Cougars shot simply 33.9% from the sector and noticed simply two gamers rating in double figures. Shead led Houston with 13 factors on a 4-of-16 effort from the sector.
Houston returned the favor with its sometimes smothering protection that held Temple to 31.1% capturing from the sector. However the Owls made up the distinction on the free throw line, the place they related on 20 of twenty-two (90.9%) makes an attempt. Houston, in the meantime, shot 11 of 21 (52.4%) from the stripe.
The loss by Houston is a precursor to a possible shakeup on the prime of the polls after per week that noticed No. 2 Kansas lose twice. Purdue might return to the No. 1 spot after being knocked off the highest line following a Jan. 2 loss to Rutgers.