STORRS, Conn. (AP) Shizz Alston scored a career-high 34 points to lead Temple past UConn 78-71 on Thursday to keep the Owls hopes alive for an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Alston hit 12 of his 14 shots from the floor and was 4 of 5 from behind the arc for the Owls (22-8, 12-5 American).
Quinton Rose added 20 points for Temple, which secured a bye in the first-round of next week's conference tournament.
Christian Vital had 26 points for the Huskies (14-16, 5-12), who lost for the first time this season at Gampel Pavilion. Josh Carlton added 21 points in a losing effort.
UConn trailed by as many as 10-points in the first half, but came back, taking a lead five minutes into the second half, on a long 3-pointer from Tyler Polley.
Carlton brought the crowd to its feet with a spin move to lose his man on the baseline and a dunk, part of a spurt that extended the Huskies lead to five points at 50-45.
UConn was up 58-56 when Alterique Gilbert, the Huskies point guard, took an elbow to the nose and had to leave the game.
A steal and dunk from Alston put Temple up 65-60 and the Owls hit their free throws down the stretch to hang on. >> Read more
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