UCF
23-7
62
TF 11
FINAL
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2nd
ESP2
Sat Mar. 9
4:00pm
BONUS
67
TF 6
TEMPLE
23-8
ML: +119
TEMPLE -2.5, O/U 139
ML: -140
UCF
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Temple tops UCF, makes case for NCAAs in Dunphy home finale

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Temple coach Fran Dunphy needed a police escort off the Liacouras Center floor as the university community tried to say thanks and goodbye. Turns out, he was being guided to a celebratory water dousing upon entering the Owls' locker room.

Shizz Alston Jr. scored 21 points, Justyn Hamilton tied a career high with 13 and Temple got a critical 67-62 victory over No. 25 Central Florida on Saturday in Dunphy's final home game before he steps down at the end of the season.

''He's one of the best coaches in the country,'' Alston said. ''I'm glad he's getting his just due.''

Quinton Rose broke a 52-all tie with a highlight-reel slam over Central Florida's Dayon Griffin with 4:12 remaining, and Temple led the rest of the way. Rose scored nine of his 11 points in the second half for the Owls (23-8, 13-5 American Athletic Conference), who needed a win over a ranked team to help strengthen their bid for the NCAA Tournament.

Aubrey Dawkins led UCF (23-7, 13-5) with a career-high 36 points to go with 11 rebounds. He was the only Knights player in double figures.

Dawkins, who was a game-time decision before warming up, hit a 3-pointer with 19 seconds left to cut the deficit to three. Seven seconds later, after two Temple free throws, UCF's B.J. Taylor was fouled while shooting a 3-pointer. He made all three free throws to get the deficit to two, but Alston hit two foul shots at the other end to put the game away.

Temple used its length and athleticism to disrupt 7-foot-6 center Tacko Fall, who spent much of the evening in foul trouble. Fall finished with a season-low two points in nearly 20 minutes of action.

The Owls also forced 18 turnovers.

''They were very active,'' Knights coach Johnny Dawkins said. ''But they usually are active. We're one of the best teams in the nation at valuing the basketball. I was shocked. That's a tribute to them.''

Central Florida had a 15-7 lead early in the first half but then Temple ripped off 12 straight, including 10 with Fall on the Knights' bench, where he'd spend the last 9:47 of the first half after picking up his second foul. Temple, paced by Alston's 12 first-half points, led 35-34 at the break.

UCF made just nine of its 31 shot attempts (29 percent) in the second half.

Dunphy has coached the Owls since the 2006-07 season. Before that, he spent 17 years coaching across the city at Penn. Associate coach Aaron McKie, a former Temple and Philadelphia 76ers star, will take over the program next season. Tributes to Dunphy on Saturday included video messages from Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown.

The final tribute came in the emptying of water bottles.

''I said it to the guys in the locker room after the game, I'm just so happy for them and proud of them,'' Dunphy said. ''We're building memories here. I keep going back to my favorite Fred Shero quote: `Win today and we walk together forever.'''

THE TAKEAWAY

Central Florida: With Fall in foul trouble, Temple did its best work. UCF has plenty of firepower to make some noise in the AAC Tournament, but Fall's presence on the court (he was plus-6) gives them the best chance at winning.

Temple: The Owls scored a critical win against a surefire NCAA Tournament team. Their ticket is likely punched, but a win or two in the AAC Tournament wouldn't hurt.

BUBBLE-BURSTING WIN?

Alston, Temple's resident bracketologist, was confident when asked after the game whether Temple was in position for an at-large bid.

''I think we're in right now,'' Alston said.

His coach, though, wasn't as convinced.

''I love Shizz,'' Dunphy said. ''What's he going to tell me, that this, this and this could all happen?

''He's a good man and I hope he's right. We've got a lot of games left to go and some basketball left to play.''

UP NEXT

Both teams head to Memphis for the American Athletic Conference Tournament. Temple and UCF have byes to the quarterfinals and start play on Friday.

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Key Players
B. Taylor
1 G
S. Alston Jr.
10 G
36.8 Min. Per Game 36.8
19.6 Pts. Per Game 19.6
5.1 Ast. Per Game 5.1
2.9 Reb. Per Game 2.9
39.1 Field Goal % 40.8
37.3 Three Point % 35.1
78.2 Free Throw % 90.6
  Offensive rebound by UCF 0.0
  Terrell Allen missed 3-pt. jump shot 0.0
+ 1 Nate Pierre-Louis made 2nd of 2 free throws 4.0
  Nate Pierre-Louis missed 1st of 2 free throws 4.0
  Personal foul on Dayon Griffin 4.0
  Defensive rebound by Nate Pierre-Louis 4.0
  Aubrey Dawkins missed 3-pt. jump shot 6.0
+ 1 Shizz Alston Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 12.0
+ 1 Shizz Alston Jr. made 1st of 2 free throws 12.0
  Personal foul on Dayon Griffin 12.0
+ 1 BJ Taylor made 3rd of 3 free throws 12.0
Team Stats
Points 62 67
Field Goals 20-55 (36.4%) 23-52 (44.2%)
3-Pointers 9-25 (36.0%) 5-18 (27.8%)
Free Throws 13-14 (92.9%) 16-20 (80.0%)
Total Rebounds 38 26
Offensive 11 3
Defensive 23 17
Team 4 6
Assists 12 13
Steals 5 8
Blocks 0 2
Turnovers 18 11
Fouls 18 10
Technicals 0 0
36 PTS, 11 REB
21 PTS, 1 REB, 6 AST
12T
away team logo 25 UCF 23-7 342862
home team logo Temple 23-8 353267
Team Stats
away team logo 25 UCF 23-7 72.3 PPG 40.9 RPG 13.3 APG
home team logo Temple 23-8 74.7 PPG 38.1 RPG 14.4 APG
Key Players
15
A. Dawkins G 15.6 PPG 5.0 RPG 1.4 APG 46.3 FG%
10
S. Alston Jr. G 19.7 PPG 2.8 RPG 5.0 APG 40.5 FG%
Top Scorers
A. Dawkins G 36 PTS 11 REB 0 AST
S. Alston Jr. G 21 PTS 1 REB 6 AST
36.4 FG% 44.2
36.0 3PT FG% 27.8
92.9 FT% 80.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Dawkins 36 11 0 12/23 6/11 6/6 0 39 0 0 1 4 7
B. Taylor 8 1 2 1/8 1/4 5/5 0 36 1 0 1 0 1
C. Smith 8 5 2 3/6 1/2 1/1 3 25 1 0 4 2 3
T. Allen 4 4 6 2/4 0/2 0/0 4 37 1 0 3 0 4
T. Fall 2 5 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 4 19 0 0 3 1 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Dawkins 36 11 0 12/23 6/11 6/6 0 39 0 0 1 4 7
B. Taylor 8 1 2 1/8 1/4 5/5 0 36 1 0 1 0 1
C. Smith 8 5 2 3/6 1/2 1/1 3 25 1 0 4 2 3
T. Allen 4 4 6 2/4 0/2 0/0 4 37 1 0 3 0 4
T. Fall 2 5 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 4 19 0 0 3 1 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
F. Bertz 4 2 1 1/4 1/4 1/2 1 14 2 0 1 0 2
D. Griffin 0 3 1 0/3 0/2 0/0 4 14 0 0 3 2 1
C. Brown 0 1 0 0/4 0/0 0/0 2 11 0 0 0 1 0
C. DeJesus 0 2 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 5 0 0 2 1 1
C. McSpadden - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Catotti - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Famouke Doumbia - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Douglas - - - - - - - - - - - - -
X. Grant - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Renaud - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Anders - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Fuller Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 62 34 12 20/55 9/25 13/14 18 200 5 0 18 11 23
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Alston Jr. 21 1 6 7/16 2/8 5/6 3 39 0 1 4 0 1
Q. Rose 11 3 1 4/10 1/4 2/3 2 36 1 0 3 0 3
J. Moorman II 10 5 4 3/9 2/5 2/2 1 28 3 0 0 1 4
N. Pierre-Louis 7 3 0 3/4 0/1 1/2 0 33 2 1 2 0 3
E. Aflakpui 5 5 2 1/2 0/0 3/4 3 23 2 0 1 1 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Alston Jr. 21 1 6 7/16 2/8 5/6 3 39 0 1 4 0 1
Q. Rose 11 3 1 4/10 1/4 2/3 2 36 1 0 3 0 3
J. Moorman II 10 5 4 3/9 2/5 2/2 1 28 3 0 0 1 4
N. Pierre-Louis 7 3 0 3/4 0/1 1/2 0 33 2 1 2 0 3
E. Aflakpui 5 5 2 1/2 0/0 3/4 3 23 2 0 1 1 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Hamilton 13 2 0 5/8 0/0 3/3 1 16 0 0 1 1 1
A. Moore II 0 0 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 12 0 0 0 0 0
D. Perry 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 13 0 0 0 0 1
T. Lowe - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Q. Jackson Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Scott - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Moore - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Parks - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Keshgegian - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Waddington - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. West - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 67 20 13 23/52 5/18 16/20 10 200 8 2 11 3 17