Cincinnati forward Octavius Ellis (2) knocks the ball away from Temple guard Josh Brown (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
Gary Landers
January 17, 2015

CINCINNATI (AP) Jermaine Sanders scored 16 points to lead four Cincinnati players in double figures and the Bearcats used an explosive start to the second half to take an 84-53 victory over Temple on Saturday night.

Kevin Johnson added 14 points, Octavius Ellis 13 and Gary Clark 11.

Leading 29-28, the Bearcats, who shot just 32.1 percent in the first half, made their first 11 field-goal attempts after the break and went up 58-38. Cincinnati (12-5, 3-2 American) finished 20 of 26 for 76.9 percent in the second half to end up at 53.7 for the game. The Bearcats' lead reached a high of 35 points with 2:31 left.

Jesse Morgan led Temple (12-7, 3-3) with 15 points with Obi Enechionyia adding 14. The Owls were without senior point guard and captain Will Cummings (12.9 points per game), who has been hampered by a strained muscle in his lower left leg.

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