Wyatt scores 26 as Temple falls to No. 6 Kansas

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 6, 2013 at 7:28 pm •  Published: January 6, 2013

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Allen Fieldhouse was filled to the rafters, the sound was deafening and Temple was hanging tough. The Owls had committed only two turnovers the entire game, and were in front of No. 6 Kansas in the closing minutes.

Their third turnover helped cost them the game.

Ben McLemore stepped in front of a pass from the Owls' Anthony Lee and went the other way for a dunk that gave Kansas the lead with 2:42 remaining, and the reigning Big 12 champions held on for a 69-62 victory Sunday.

"That was unfortunate, that play," Temple coach Fran Dunphy said of the turnover near mid-court. "I'll be anxious to see it on film and see what we did."

Temple (10-3) was poised for its second top-10 upset of the season before withering in crunch time.

"Stage like this, this is what you play for," said Khalif Wyatt, who led the Owls with 26 points. "We didn't take advantage of it, but it was just a great atmosphere."

Kevin Young had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Kansas. Travis Releford added 14 points on 5-for-5 shooting, including a key 3-pointer from the wing with 34.9 seconds left. With the shot clock winding down, Releford's basket gave Kansas a 65-58 lead.

McLemore added 13 points and Jeff Withey had eight points, 11 rebounds and nine blocked shots for the Jayhawks (12-1), who have won 30 consecutive games at Allen Fieldhouse and 63 in a row at home against non-conference opponents.

"Thought we managed the game about as well as we could for a long, long stretch," Dunphy said. "We quick-shot a couple balls late in the second half, and that led to them trying to score, and then they made a couple big plays at the end."

Anthony Lee and Will Cummings had 11 points apiece for Temple, which seemed to have the recipe for winning in the Phog down pat. The Owls only committed four turnovers — though the third one proved critical — and prevented the high-flying Jayhawks from getting in transition.

"I thought it would be a game like this," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "I thought it would be a game we'd have to play the entire 40 minutes to win."

The Jayhawks raced out to a 22-10 lead by the midway point of the first half, clamping down with their intense man-to-man defense and throwing in some token press.

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