Dunn scores 16, Temple defeats No. 1 Houston 56-55

Jan 22, 2023, 12:59 AM | Updated: 3:19 pm
Houston's Tramon Mark (12) is fouled by Temple's Nick Jourdain (11) as Damian Dunn (1) helps defend...

Houston's Tramon Mark (12) is fouled by Temple's Nick Jourdain (11) as Damian Dunn (1) helps defend during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

              Temple's Damian Dunn, left, celebrates as Houston's Jamal Shead, right, reacts at the end an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023, in Houston. Temple won 56-55. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
            
              Houston's Tramon Mark (12) drives to the basket as Temple's Damian Dunn (1) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
            
              Houston's Jarace Walker (25) goes up for a shot as Temple's Zach Hicks (24) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
            
              Temple's Damian Dunn (1) is fouled by Houston's Reggie Chaney as he shoots during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
            
              Houston coach Kelvin Sampson reacts to a foul call during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Temple Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
            
              Houston's J'Wan Roberts (13) charges into Temple's Nick Jourdain (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
            
              Houston's Tramon Mark (12) goes up for a shot as Temple's Nick Jourdain (11) and Zach Hicks, left, defend during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
            
              Houston's Tramon Mark (12) is fouled by Temple's Nick Jourdain (11) as Damian Dunn (1) helps defend during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

HOUSTON (AP) — Damian Dunn scored 16 points and made the go-ahead free throw, Kur Jongkuch blocked Houston’s go-ahead attempt in the final seconds and Temple held on to defeat the top-ranked Cougars 56-55 on Sunday.

Temple improved to 3-18 against No. 1 ranked teams. The Owls (12-9, 6-2 American Athletic Conference) earned their first win over a No. 1 ranked team since a 77-69 win at No. 1 Cincinnati on Feb. 20, 2000.

Tied at 55, Dunn made a free throw with 1:06 left to give Temple a one-point lead. Jamal Shead missed a 3-pointer and Nick Jourdain grabbed the rebound. Dunn missed a layup with 8 seconds left, and Jongkuch grabbed the rebound, but the Owls were whistled for a shot clock violation upon review.

Trailing by one, Shead drove to the basket but Jongkuch blocked it out of the bounds with 1.3 seconds left. Tramon Mark’s tip-in attempt fell short at the buzzer to give the Owls the win.

Zach Hicks added 12 points for Temple, which snapped a six-game losing streak to Houston. The Owls shot 31% but were 20 of 22 from the free throw line.

Shead scored 13 points, and Marcus Sasser added 12 points for Houston (18-2, 6-1), which saw its nine-game winning streak snapped.

Houston shot 34% but were 11 of 21 from the free throw line.

Tied at 47, Temple used an 8-1 spurt to open up a 55-48 lead on two free throws by Jourdain with 6½ minutes remaining. Houston responded with a 7-0 run to tie it at 55.

BIG PICTURE

Temple: The Owls improved to 2-0 this season against ranked opponents. … Temple did not make a field goal of the final 7:18 and were 5 of 21 from the field in the second half. … The Owls had 11 assists on 14 field goals.

Houston: With the game tied at the half at 30 apiece, it marked the first time this season the Cougars have not led at the half. … Coach Kelvin Sampson was issued a technical foul in the second half for arguing a foul call. … Houston outrebounded Temple 39-33.

ASTROS IN THE HOUSE

Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker, third base coach Gary Pettis and closer Ryan Pressly sat courtside for the game.

UP NEXT

Temple: Hosts South Florida on Wednesday.

Houston: At Central Florida on Wednesday.

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Dunn scores 16, Temple defeats No. 1 Houston 56-55