No. 9 UCF 94, No. 8 Temple 90 (Two Overtimes)
Records: UCF 13-17, Temple 9-22
UCF advances to the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference Championship, where they will face No. 1 seed Cincinnati at 6 p.m. (CT) on Thursday.
This was the second consecutive matchup between the schools to head to OT, while the first meeting this season was decided by one possession. UCF took the season series 2-1.
The Knights are now 1-2 this season in overtime this year, while Temple fell to 1-3 in overtime.
UCF’s Isaiah Sykes scored a career-high 36 points. His total was the largest individual scoring performance in Division I today (pending tonight’s Washington State – Stanford game).
Sykes ties Louisville’s Russ Smith for the highest scoring game by an American Athletic Conference player this season. He scored over 20 points for the tenth time this season.
Temple guard Dalton Pepper has made a three-pointer every game this season. He is the only Owl to ever make a three in each game in school history.
Temple guard Quenton DeCosey set a new career-high by scoring 28 points. In two games this year at FedExForum, Cosey averaged 25.5 points.
UCF forward Kasey Wilson had his second double-double of the season (12 points, 10 rebounds).
Temple’s Will Cummings set a career-high with nine assists.
Temple went 21:12 in the second half and into overtime without making a substitution, only subbing when Will Cummings fouled out with four seconds left.
Temple got 84 of its 90 points from their starters, while UCF’s starters totaled 86 of their 94 points.
Temple shot at least 50 percent from three-point range for the fourth time this season.
There were nine ties and 17 lead changes.