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Cincinnati has put together its winning streak on the strength of its defense, which allows only 56.2 points per game, fewest in the AAC. The Bearcats haven’t given up more than 67 points in any game this season.

Overall, Cincinnati has held the last 25 opponents under 70 points, the longest active streak in the nation.

Temple relies on its exceptional balance on offense - one of only three teams in Division I with four players averaging at least 13 points per game. With Cummings gone, the Owls had fewer options. They went 7:43 without scoring during the first half as Cincinnati built an 11-point lead.

The Owls’ biggest problem has their defense, which gives up 75.9 points per game - worst in the league. Its zone defense kept Cincinnati out of sorts until the closing minutes.

Up 27-25 at halftime, Cincinnati opened the second half with a 6-1 spurt, but Quenton DeCosey had a basket, two free throws and a fast-break layup that cut it to 33-32. Mark Williams’ 3-pointer tied it at 35-all.

Titus Rubles completed a three-point play, and Kilpatrick it a 3 as Cincinnati regained the lead and pushed it to 45-37. Devontae Watson picked up his fourth foul for Temple with 10:31 left, further depleting the bench.

DeCosey had a dunk and a fade-away jumper, and Brown’s steal and layup gave Temple a 47-45 lead with 7:24 left, the Owls’ first lead since midway through the first half.

That’s when Kilpatrick hit his 3s from the left wing, starting the clinching run.

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