- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 15, 2014

CINCINNATI (AP) - The starting point guard was missing. The roster was down to eight players, including a walk-on. Yet Temple found itself ahead by two points late in the game.

Then it all came apart again.

Sean Kilpatrick emerged from his 3-point shooting slump Tuesday night, and Justin Jackson had a double-double, rallying No. 19 Cincinnati from the late deficit to a 69-58 victory over the short-handed Owls.

After Temple went ahead 47-45 with 7:24 to go, Kilpatrick hit consecutive 3s that started a 12-point run and put the Bearcats in control.

The Owls (5-10, 0-5 American Athletic Conference) have lost five straight and remain alone at the bottom of the AAC. They dressed only eight players Tuesday night because of injuries. Dalton Pepper led the Owls with 21 points.

“I think there is light at the end of the tunnel,” coach Fran Dunphy said. “I think we are right where we need to be in so many different games. I am proud of our guys for that part of it, but we need to finish better and really show a little bit more toughness down the stretch. And hopefully we are getting there.”

The Owls were missing guard Will Cummings, who averages 16.1 points and 4.1 assists. Cummings had concussion symptoms from a game last week.

“It hurts a lot not having Will out there,” Pepper said. “He’s our floor general, he plays a lot of D and he plays with a lot of heart. He brings a lot of stuff to the table so it hurts us a lot.”

Freshman point guard Josh Brown made his first career start and had three points, six assists and five of Temple’s 15 turnovers.

“In all honesty, I think Josh Brown came of age today,” Dunphy said. “I think he did a really good job substituting for Will. He played just about the whole game and I thought he made some really good plays.

“But it did hurt us (without Cummings).”

Kilpatrick made the baskets that made the different. He went 6 of 13 from behind the arc, including consecutive 3s that helped Cincinnati (16-2, 5-0) pull away.

The Bearcats improved to 13-0 at home and remained alone atop the conference with their ninth straight win.

Kilpatrick leads the AAC in scoring at 18.4 points per game but has struggled with his outside shot, going only 4 of 33 from beyond the arc in his five previous games. He was only 1 of 10 on 3-point attempts during a 71-51 win over Rutgers on Saturday.

Kilpatrick made 3-pointers during the Bearcats’ afternoon practice and felt his confidence return.

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