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Alston Jr., Rose lead Temple to 85-57 rout of slumping UConn

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Temple has made a habit this season of playing games that are decided in the final minute. The Owls far prefer blowing the doors off teams.

Shizz Alston Jr. scored 18 points, Quinton Rose had 17 and Temple rolled to an 85-57 win over UConn on Sunday night.

The Owls shot 49 percent from the field in their most lopsided win of the season and their largest margin of victory over UConn.

''It's definitely better when you come out with wins like this,'' Alston said, ''because it shows you have your act together.''

Christian Vital finished with 15 points for the Huskies, who were playing for the first time since it was revealed their program is the target of an NCAA investigation.

University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst said in a statement Friday the school will cooperate with the probe but did not specify the allegations. Before the game began, UConn head coach Kevin Ollie issued a similar statement.

''With regard to the inquiry directed at our men's basketball program, I want to express that we will cooperate fully with the NCAA as this process moves forward as we are committed to promoting an atmosphere of compliance with NCAA regulations,'' Ollie stated. ''As we head into the final weeks of the season our total focus will be on helping our team improve and reach its highest potential. To that end, we will have no further comment on this matter.''

When asked after the loss if the investigation might be affecting his players, Ollie was tight-lipped.

''The vibes are still good,'' the Huskies coach said. ''We look forward to cooperating with the NCAA. And I just go back to the statement.''

After UConn took an early 18-14 lead on three straight 3-pointers, Temple (11-10, 3-6 American Athletic Conference) went on a 24-4 run to take control of the game. The Owls built their lead to 53-30 on an off-balance floater by Rose with 14 minutes left en route to their third win in their last four contests.

Ernest Aflakpui added a season-high 13 points, freshman Nate Pierre-Louis had 12 off the bench, and Obi Enechionyia grabbed 10 rebounds, eight of them on the offensive end, to go along with nine points.

''It's nice to have a game like we had tonight,'' Temple coach Fran Dunphy said. ''I thought on both sides of the ball we played pretty well.''

UConn (11-10, 4-4) committed 16 turnovers and shot 5 for 17 from 3-point range to lose for the third time in four games.

''We wanted to take the first punch, and I thought we did that,'' Ollie said. ''Then they threw their second punch and we didn't counter-punch.''

BIG PICTURE

UConn: A rough campaign got even worse for Ollie and company with news of the NCAA investigation and their third blowout loss in the last two weeks. This is the first season the Huskies have ever lost six games by 20 or more points.

Temple: Even though they sit near the bottom of the AAC standings, the Owls are still harboring NCAA Tournament hopes. But despite boasting the No. 1 strength of schedule in the country and owning impressive victories over Auburn and Clemson in the first month, Temple probably needs to be close to perfect the rest of the way to even get onto the bubble.

TAKING AWAY JALEN

UConn top scorer Jalen Adams was held to seven points on 2-for-10 shooting.

Afterwards, Ollie said that Adams being held in check has been a ''common thread'' to all of the Huskies' lopsided losses, while Dunphy admitted taking him out of the game was a major point of emphasis.

''I thought we did a good job with Adams, keeping him in front of us,'' the Temple coach said. ''He can really be a son of a gun to guard. To have it where he didn't kill us was a real good effort.''

SOLVING TURNOVER ISSUES

While UConn struggled with turnovers, Temple only committed five all game to go along with 20 assists. The Owls' performance came just four days after they had 20 turnovers in a 33-point loss at No. 9 Cincinnati.

''We just didn't play well at Cincy and we paid the price,'' Dunphy said. ''Tonight we did the things we needed to do. Five turnovers - that's as good as we can do.''

HALFTIME HONORS

Members of Temple's 1992-93 team that made a run to the Elite Eight were commemorated at halftime in honor of its 25-year anniversary.

One of the former players recognized was Aaron McKie, a current Temple assistant coach. Rick Brunson, who was not in attendance, was booed by the crowd when his name was announced. His son, Jalen, stars for Temple rival Villanova.

UP NEXT

UConn: The Huskies stay on the road and have a quick turnaround, heading to Florida to face UCF on Wednesday.

Temple: The Owls host league newcomer No. 17 Wichita State on Thursday for the first time this season - and just the fourth time ever.

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Key Players
J. Adams
J. Brown
32.9 Min. Per Game 32.9
8.0 Pts. Per Game 8.0
3.5 Ast. Per Game 3.5
3.5 Reb. Per Game 3.5
41.3 Field Goal % 37.5
30.9 Three Point % 35.6
82.8 Free Throw % 76.5
  Defensive rebound by J.P. Moorman II 12.0
  Antwoine Anderson missed jump shot 14.0
+ 1 J.P. Moorman II made 2nd of 2 free throws 27.0
  Offensive rebound by Temple 27.0
  Alani Moore II missed 2nd of 2 free throws 27.0
  Offensive rebound by Temple 27.0
  Alani Moore II missed 1st of 2 free throws 27.0
  Unsportsmanlike technical foul on Christian Vital 27.0
+ 1 J.P. Moorman II made 1st of 2 free throws 25.0
  Personal foul on Mamadou Diarra 25.0
  Defensive rebound by J.P. Moorman II 27.0
Team Stats
Points 57 85
Field Goals 20-51 (39.2%) 31-63 (49.2%)
3-Pointers 5-17 (29.4%) 10-25 (40.0%)
Free Throws 12-14 (85.7%) 13-20 (65.0%)
Total Rebounds 33 34
Offensive 14 14
Defensive 15 18
Team 4 2
Assists 9 20
Steals 0 9
Blocks 2 4
Turnovers 15 4
Fouls 15 18
Technicals 1 0
15 PTS, 4 REB, 3 AST
18 PTS, 3 REB, 4 AST
12T
away team logo Connecticut 11-10 243357
home team logo Temple 11-10 384785
Team Stats
away team logo Connecticut 11-10 68.2 PPG 37.8 RPG 10.4 APG
home team logo Temple 11-10 69.9 PPG 37.4 RPG 12.8 APG
Key Players
1
C. Vital G 14.9 PPG 5.4 RPG 1.7 APG 38.3 FG%
3
S. Alston Jr. G 13.3 PPG 3.2 RPG 3.1 APG 40.1 FG%
Top Scorers
C. Vital G 15 PTS 4 REB 3 AST
S. Alston Jr. G 18 PTS 3 REB 4 AST
39.2 FG% 49.2
29.4 3PT FG% 40.0
85.7 FT% 65.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
C. Vital 33 15 4 3 0 0 1 4 3/14 3/8 6/6 2 2
A. Anderson 37 11 4 3 0 0 3 2 4/7 1/2 2/2 0 4
J. Adams 36 7 6 2 0 1 5 0 2/10 1/5 2/2 0 6
J. Carlton 20 7 4 0 0 1 1 2 3/5 0/0 1/1 3 1
T. Polley 20 0 1 0 0 0 3 2 0/3 0/2 0/0 0 1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
C. Vital 33 15 4 3 0 0 1 4 3/14 3/8 6/6 2 2
A. Anderson 37 11 4 3 0 0 3 2 4/7 1/2 2/2 0 4
J. Adams 36 7 6 2 0 1 5 0 2/10 1/5 2/2 0 6
J. Carlton 20 7 4 0 0 1 1 2 3/5 0/0 1/1 3 1
T. Polley 20 0 1 0 0 0 3 2 0/3 0/2 0/0 0 1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
M. Diarra 14 8 0 0 0 0 0 2 4/4 0/0 0/0 0 0
I. Whaley 28 8 6 0 0 0 1 1 4/6 0/0 0/1 5 1
K. Williams 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 1 0
D. Onuorah 8 0 3 1 0 0 1 2 0/2 0/0 0/0 3 0
M. Noyes 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
T. Larrier - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Cobb - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Foxen - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Gilbert - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Aiyegbusi - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 57 29 9 0 2 15 15 20/51 5/17 12/14 14 15
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
S. Alston Jr. 33 18 3 4 2 0 0 1 6/12 4/7 2/2 1 2
Q. Rose 25 17 2 3 1 0 0 3 6/9 1/3 4/5 1 1
E. Aflakpui 32 13 2 1 1 1 1 4 6/9 0/0 1/3 1 1
O. Enechionyia 28 9 10 3 0 0 1 3 2/5 1/4 4/4 8 2
J. Brown 33 8 1 4 0 0 0 1 3/11 2/4 0/0 0 1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
S. Alston Jr. 33 18 3 4 2 0 0 1 6/12 4/7 2/2 1 2
Q. Rose 25 17 2 3 1 0 0 3 6/9 1/3 4/5 1 1
E. Aflakpui 32 13 2 1 1 1 1 4 6/9 0/0 1/3 1 1
O. Enechionyia 28 9 10 3 0 0 1 3 2/5 1/4 4/4 8 2
J. Brown 33 8 1 4 0 0 0 1 3/11 2/4 0/0 0 1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
N. Pierre-Louis 15 12 5 0 1 1 1 3 5/6 2/3 0/2 2 3
J. Moorman II 14 6 5 1 3 1 1 2 2/4 0/2 2/2 0 5
J. Hamilton 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 0
A. Moore II 13 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0/4 0/2 0/2 0 2
D. Perry 5 0 2 1 0 1 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 1
T. Lowe - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Nunez de Carvalho - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Moore - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Leonard - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 85 32 20 9 4 4 18 31/63 10/25 13/20 14 18