- Associated Press - Sunday, January 24, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Devin Coleman ended SMU’s perfection with a little bit of his own.

Coleman made all seven of his 3-point shots and Temple handed No. 8 SMU its first loss of the season, 89-80 Sunday.

“When I had an open look, I just put it up there,” Coleman said. “And it went in.”

Coleman finished 8 of 8 overall from the field and scored 23 points.

“Spectacular,” Temple head coach Fran Dunphy said. “There was nothing cheap about any of the balls that went in the baskets. They were dead in the hoop, each one of them.”

“If you’re going to win a game like this against this good of a basketball team, you’ve got to get those special performances. And certainly his was special,” he said.

The Mustangs (18-1, 7-1 American Athletic Conference) became the last team in Divison I to lose this season.

Quenton DeCosey added 19 for the Owls (11-7, 5-2) in their highest-scoring game of the season.

The crowd at the Liacouras Center was smaller than usual after the game was pushed back a day because of the winter storm that blanketed the East Coast.

But that didn’t stop the fans from making their voices heard as Temple stretched its lead to 19 in the second half. The students rushed the court when the game ended.

“I think this does a lot for our (NCAA tournament) resume,” DeCosey said. “It shows people we can beat anybody.”

Sterling Brown scored 19 points to lead SMU. Jordan Tolbert added 15 points on 7-for-9 shooting and Ben Moore had 13 for the Mustangs, who shot just 3 for 14 from 3-point range.

After SMU pulled within five midway through the second half, Coleman made two straight 3s to cap an 11-0 spurt and help Temple pull away.

Coleman matched the school record for long-distance accuracy, tying the 7-for-7 performance on 3s by Pepe Sanchez on Feb. 16, 1997 vs. Rhode Island.

“He was playing ‘Horse,’” SMU coach Larry Brown said. “Once he got going, he was unstoppable.”

Overall, the Owls shot 14 for 29 on 3-pointers, the most they’ve hit all season. Daniel Dingle added 14 points for Temple, which has won five of its last six games.

TIP-INS

SMU: Brown returned to Philly for a third time with the Mustangs. He coached the Philadelphia 76ers from 1997-2003 with current Temple assistant Aaron McKie as one of his top players. . The game also marked a homecoming for senior Markus Kennedy, a Philly native who played for Villanova before transferring ot SMU in 2012. He finished with six points. . The Mustangs shot 15 for 23 from the free throw line.

Temple: This was Temple’s sixth game against a ranked opponent this season. They have won their last three - all AAC matchups. . Temple has beaten a Top 10 team in seven of its last eight seasons. … The Owls had 10 steals and 22 points off turnovers.

NO BOND, NO PROBLEM

Most people probably expected the Owls to be in trouble without senior forward Jaylen Bond, Temple’s top rebounder who missed the contest with a lower back injury.

But despite getting outscored in the paint, 48-22, the Owls dominated the perimeter with their smaller lineup.

“We’re not a big paint-scoring type of team anyway,” Dunphy said. “I think you are who you are.”

REVENGE GAME

After losing to SMU three times last season, including once in the conference tournament semifinals, the Owls were especially excited to deal the Mustangs such a big loss.

“That probably kept us out of the (NCAA) tournament last year,” DeCosey said. “That definitely motivated us to seal the victory.”

UP NEXT

SMU: Hosts Memphis on Saturday.

Temple: Visits East Carolina on Wednesday.

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