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Instant Replay: Temple 86, UCF 78 (OT)
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Behind a combined 69 points from Dalton Pepper, Will Cummings and Anthony Lee, Temple pulled out a rare win in its home finale with a 86-78 overtime victory over UCF on Tuesday night at the Liacouras Center.

UCF's Calvin Newell tied the game on two free throws with 4.7 seconds remaining in regulation. Temple's Will Cummings was called for the foul as Newell began falling down on a drive to the basket. Cummings was unable to get a call of his own seconds later when his layup attempt at the buzzer was swatted and he went hard to the floor.

Up by just two or three points for most of overtime, Temple got two key layups from Lee and Pepper with 67 and and 37 seconds left to stay ahead.

The game finally swung Temple's way for good with 24 seconds to play, when UCF's Kasey Wilson was called for an illegal screen and fouled out. That sent Cummings to the line for two free throws that would put Temple up by six. Pepper would add four more by the end.

The win advances Temple to 8-21 overall and a final 4-10 at home.

Improving to 3-14 in the American, Temple is now tied with UCF for last place in the conference.

The lone senior honored before the game, Pepper turned in a game-high 26 points, going 8 for 20 from the field and a perfect 7 for 7 from the line.

Cummings followed him with 23 on a highly efficient 7 for 11 shooting, going 8 of 10 from the line himself.

Lee turned in his 11th double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Inside the box score
• Even in victory, Temple allowed UCF to make 50 percent of its total attempts, and 10 of 15 in the second half alone.

• The Owls out-rebounded the Knights 36-30 and pulled down 17 offensive rebounds.

• UCF outscored Temple 23-2 off the bench. Josh Brown accounted for those lone two points.

• Only seven Owls saw the floor, and four of them -- Cummings, Lee, Pepper and Quenton DeCosey -- played 40 minutes or more.

Rotation change
After 15 straight starts at center, sophomore Devontae Watson was moved back to the bench. Junior big man Anthony Lee started at the five, while Watson was replaced in the starting lineup by freshman Mark Williams.

UCF injury
The Black Knights were without their leading scorer and rebounder Isaiah Sykes. The senior swingman averages 16.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game and lit Temple up for 23 and 15 in Orlando on Jan. 4.

He missed Tuesday night's game with a foot injury.

Senior Night
Before the game, Pepper was honored as Temple's lone senior. Pepper took a picture with head coach Fran Dunphy and athletic director Kevin Clark at midcourt and was presented with a framed jersey.

Pepper, a strategic communications major, took part in commencement exercises in January. He's completing his final three undergraduate credits this spring.

Next up
Temple closes out its regular season on the road at USF on Saturday at 2 p.m.

The inaugural American Athletic Conference tournament tips off at FedExForum in Memphis next Wednesday.