HOUSTON - University of Houston guards Damyean Dotson and Rob Gray, Jr., posted 20 points apiece, but it would not be quite enough as American Athletic Conference leader Temple escaped with a 69-66 win inside Hofheinz Pavilion on Sunday evening.
With the score tied at 64-64, Temple guard Devin Coleman drained a 3-pointer from the left wing with just 16 seconds remaining. Senior forward Devonta Pollard grabbed an offensive rebound from his missed shot and put it back in with six seconds left on the Cougars' ensuing possession to move Houston back to within 69-68.
After Josh Brown was fouled and made both free throws for a 69-66 Temple lead, Gray's 3-pointer at the buzzer was off the mark to end the Cougars' 4-game winning streak.
Dotson buried six 3-pointers and connected on 7-of-11 from the field for his sixth 20-point game of the season and the ninth of his collegiate career. The Houston native and Yates High product also grabbed five rebounds in 34 minutes.
Returning to Hofheinz Pavilion for the first time since suffering an ankle injury on Jan. 30, Gray enjoyed his seventh 20-point game this season with 20 points, including 6-of-6 from the free throw line, and added four rebounds in the loss.
With the loss, the Cougars dropped to 19-8 overall and fell into a tie for fifth with UConn with a 9-6 mark in American Athletic Conference play. Temple maintained its lead in the league and improved to 16-9 overall and 10-3 in league play.
Temple built as much as a 13-point lead in the first half, but the Cougars trimmed that deficit down to 30-25 by the halftime break. In the second half, Houston battled to knot the game at 35-35 and then used a 19-9 run to take a 54-44 lead on a Dotson trey with 11:06 left in the game.
With the Cougars leading 59-51 with 6:49 left, Temple took off on a 12-5 run and tied the game at 64-64 on Enechionyia's 3-pointer with just under a minute remaining. Unfortunately, the Cougars turned the ball over on their ensuing possession to set the stage for Coleman's shot with 16 seconds go to.
Temple forward Obi Enechionyia led all players with 26 points on 10-of-20 shooting, including 6-of-9 from the 3-point line. He was the only Owl to score in double digits.
Brown finished the game with nine points, a team-high 10 rebounds and five assists, while Jaylen Bond added eight points and six rebounds.
Following Sunday's game, the Cougars the Cougars face UCF at 6 p.m. (CST), Feb. 24, inside CFE Arena in Orlando. That game will be seen on ESPNU and can be heard on KPRC 950 AM. Houston enjoyed an 82-58 win over the Knights on Feb. 13 inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
From there, the team hits the road again to meet UConn at noon (CST), Feb. 28, inside Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn. That game will be seen on CBS Sports Network and can be heard on KPRC 950 AM. The Huskies claimed a 69-57 win inside Hofheinz Pavilion on Jan. 17.
The Cougars close out their regular season when they play host to Cincinnati at 8 p.m., March 3, inside Hofheinz Pavilion. That game will be part of Senior Night with the Cougars honoring guard Eric Weary, Jr., forward Devonta Pollard and guards L.J. Rose and LeRon Barnes.
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