Monday, December 22, 2014

Cherry Bomb: Temple rips apart No. 10 Kansas

Philadelphia, PA -- A contest deemed too big for the small building on North Broad Street yielded surprising results at the other end of the thoroughfare.

Will Cummings had 19 points and Temple rolled to a 77-52 upset of No. 10 Kansas on Monday night for its first win over the Jayhawks in exactly 19 years.

The game was never close, with Cummings sparking a 12-2 run at the start and the Owls (8-4) pulling away to lead by as many as 30 down the stretch.

It came 19 years to the day since Temple's last win over Kansas, a 74-66 upset of the No. 1 Jayhawks in overtime on Dec. 22, 1995, during the inaugural Jimmy V Classic in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Frank Mason III scored a game-high 20 points to lead Kansas (9-2), including 13 in the first half to keep the Jayhawks in the building.

Kansas had won eight in a row since its 72-40 loss to Kentucky on Nov. 18. 

The Jayhawks shot only 32 percent from the field.

Temple arrived to the Wells Fargo Center via the Broad Street Line, riding the underground  train  six miles from its  North Philadelphia campus to the South Philadelphia sports complex. The jubilation evident as the final seconds ticked away will be headed right back in the opposite direction to campus later tonight.

Cummings  led the Owls with 11 points in the first half, including a 3-pointer to cap the six-minute run at the beginning of the game.

The Owls led by 14 three times in the half, the last on Quenton DeCosey's free throws in the final two minutes.

Kansas  pulled within 35-25 at the break but got only as close as six early in the  second half.  Temple countered with an  11-2 run and kept its foot on the gas,  taking a  20-point lead on Jesse Morgan's 3-pointer from the left corner
with 9 1/2 minutes remaining.

DeCosey's dunk punctuated the rout, giving the Owls a 30-point lead with about a minute left. He scored 18 points in the win and Morgan had 17.

Notes: Kelly  Oubre Jr. scored nine points for the Jayhawks ... Jaylen Bond had eight points and 10 rebounds for the Owls ... Kansas had won the last three games in the  series ... The Jayhawks are off until they host Kent State on Dec. 30 ... Temple hosts Delaware State on Sunday.

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