Temple defeats South Florida 79-62 in AAC quarterfinals
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Jaylen Bond led a balanced attack with 17 points and top-seeded Temple defeated South Florida 79-62 in the American Athletic Conference quarterfinals on Friday.
Quenton DeCosey added 14 points and Obi Enechionyia 13 points as the Owls (21-10), who face the UConn-Cincinnati winner in the semifinals Friday, put five players in double figures.
Mark Williams made all three of his 3-pointers for the Owls, who were 10 of 26 behind the arc, 5 of 9 in the second half, when they were 16 of 32 from the field.
Chris Perry had 19 points for the ninth-seeded Bulls (8-25) and Jahmal McMurray had 16.
A layup by Josh Brown and a 3-point from Devin Coleman helped Temple to a 23-9 lead just past the midway point of the first half. The Owls, who have beaten the Bulls six straight times, led 35-27 at the half.
The lead reached 20 midway through the second half on another Coleman 3.