‘We had a bad day’: No
HOUSTON– Damian Dunn scored 16 points and made the go-ahead complimentary throw, and Kur Jongkuch blocked Houston’s consent effort in the last seconds, as Temple hung on to defeat the top-ranked Cougars 56-55 on Sunday, adding to a weekend of upsets.Coupled with No.
2 Kansas ‘loss Saturday to TCU, Houston’s defeat marked the first time in AP poll history that both of the top 2 teams lost at home in a two-day span, according to ESPN Stats & Info research.Temple enhanced to 3-18 versus No. 1-ranked teams
. The Owls(12-9, 6-2 American Athletic Conference) earned their first win over a No. 1-ranked team because a 77-69 success at No. 1 Cincinnati on Feb. 20, 2000. Houston was a 19-point preferred, making
Temple’s triumph the biggest upset over an AP No. 1 team because Stephen F. Austin beat No. 1 Duke as a 27.5-point underdog on Nov. 26, 2019, according to ESPN Statistics & Information research.”We had a bad day, however we still have an excellent team,”Houston coach Kelvin Sampson said.”All of our dreams and objectives are still ahead of us. “Tied at 55, Dunn made a complimentary toss with 1 minute, 6 seconds
delegated provide Temple a one-point lead. Jamal Shead missed out on a 3-pointer and Nick Jourdain got the rebound. Dunn missed a layup with 8 seconds left and Jongkuch grabbed the rebound, however the Owls were whistled for a shot-clock offense upon review.Editor’s Picks 2 Associated Routing by one, Shead drove to the basket, however Jongkuch blocked it out of the bounds with 1.3 seconds left. Tramon Mark’s tip-in effort, on a developed play from Sampson, failed at the buzzer to provide the Owls the win. “You’re not going to get a much better one than that,”Sampson stated.” I thought the execution was great.
Simply missed out on the shot.” Temple coach Aaron Mckie concurred. “My heart was pounding,”he said. “They ran a really excellent play. They got a great take a look at it and missed out on
it. And we win the game. “Zach Hicks included 12 points for Temple, which snapped a six-game losing streak to Houston. The Owls shot 31 %but were 20-of-22 from the complimentary throw line.Shead scored 13 points, and Marcus Sasser included 12 points for Houston(18-2, 6-1), which saw its nine-game winning streak snapped.Houston shot 34%but was 11-of-21 from the totally free toss line.”We simply never ever might make the big play,”Sampson stated.”We required the huge shot. “Connected at 47, Temple utilized an 8-1 spurt to open
a 55-48 lead on two complimentary throws by Jourdain with 6 1/2 minutes staying
. Houston reacted with a 7-0 run to tie it at 55. Overall, there were a lot of
rarities for the Cougars. With the game tied 30-30 at the half, it marked the first time this season Houston had not led at the break. And Sampson was provided a technical foul in the 2nd
half for arguing a nasty call.” The only finger that should be pointed is at me,”Sampson stated, summarizing the day.” I’m the coach.”The Associated Press added to this report.