Temple’s roller coaster season continued with a new low on Sunday afternoon.
The Owls, who led nearly the entire way, allowed UConn guard Jalen Adams to make a reverse layup with 2.9 seconds remaining in a 64-63 loss at the Liacouras Center.
Shizz Alston Jr. missed the potential game-winning shot from half court as time expired.
The Owls (14-14, 5-10 AAC) looked like they might avoid blowing a 10-point lead after Quinton Rose responded to Rodney Purvis’ game-tying three-pointer with a three of his own to give them a 63-60 lead with 2:32 left.
However, the Huskies (14-12, 9-5 AAC) responded with a pair of free throws from Adams before he snaked his way into the lane with the clock running down for the game-winner. The layup gave UConn its seventh win in the last eight games.
Big men on campus
The Huskies were led by Rodney Purvis’ game-high of 18 points on 7 of 14 shooting. He also added five assists.
Adams shot just 5 of 13 for 13 points, but connected with the game on the line. He also chipped in five assists and five boards.
The Owls received a jolt Sunday from their young players, as freshmen Damion Moore and Alani Moore II scored a combined 22 points on 9 of 10 shooting.
In a solid all-around effort, Temple’s Daniel Dingle scored 17 points, with six boards and six assists. Alston Jr. contributed 11 points, six assists and 5 rebounds.
Inside the box score
• After making 5 of 9 shots from three-point range in the first half, Temple finished the game 7 of 21 from deep.
• UConn's Kentan Facey had a big game in the first matchup between the two teams with 23 points and 10 rebounds. On Sunday, the senior was held to eight points and four rebounds after dealing with foul trouble in the first half.
• Temple couldn’t find any room inside, as the Owls lost the points in the paint battle 26-16.
With the win, UConn improved to 9-7 in the all-time series. The victory was the Huskies’ third straight in the series.
The Owls will continue on a three-game homestand Wednesday at 7 p.m. against UCF.
UConn will stay on the road and play at Houston also on Wednesday.