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No. 23 UConn falls to Temple 55-53 on Brown’s jumper

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Temple guard Josh Brown knew he was going to take the final shot against UConn, even though that wasn’t the plan.

The 6-foot-3 junior hit a spinning jumper in the lane with 2.5 seconds left and the Owls upset the 23rd-ranked Huskies 55-53 on Tuesday night.

The Owls (7-6, 2-1 American Athletic Conference) led by as many as eight points in the second half, but were tied after two free throws from UConn’s Daniel Hamilton.

Coach Fran Dunphy called a timeout with 14 seconds left to set up a final shot that was supposed to go to leading scorer Quenton DeCosey. But Brown said he was sure UConn would deny DeCosey the ball and had a plan of his own.

“Once I seen that, I saw a couple of seconds on the clock, I put my head down and tried to make a play, which I did,” he said.

A desperation 3-pointer by Sterling Gibbs at the buzzer was well off the mark.

DeCosey scored 15 points to lead the Owls and made all three of his attempts from 3-point range. Devin Coleman added 14 points, while Brown and Jaylen Bond each had 11.

Shonn Miller scored 18 points to lead the Huskies (10-4, 1-1), who had won five straight. Rodney Purvis added 11 points.

The win was the 200th at Temple for Dunphy and the Owls’ second in three games against a ranked team. They beat then-No. 22 Cincinnati 77-70 on Dec. 29 before losing Saturday by 27 points at home to Houston.

Dunphy is one of five just five Division I coaches to get 200 or more wins at two different schools and take both schools to at least six NCAA Tournaments. He was 310-163 during his 17 years at Penn.

“I’ve just been coaching a long time,” Dunphy said. “It’s been 10 years at Temple. It’s been a fantastic 10 years.”

Temple led by three points at halftime and extended that to 40-32 on a jumper by Bond.

Hamilton, who missed his first nine shots and was 2 of 13 from the field, made a jumper to cut the Temple lead to 46-45. Two free throws by Miller gave UConn its first lead of the half at 47-46 with 8 minutes left.

But DeCosey put Temple back in front with his third 3-pointer, and the teams struggled to score the rest of the way.

UConn shot just 31.6 percent from the field, almost 19 percentage points under the team’s season average. Temple shot 39 percent, but outrebounded the Huskies 40-34 and held the Huskies’ transition game in check.

“Our guards combined were 7 for 30, no fast break points,” UConn coach Kevin Ollie said. “If you do that, that’s a recipe for disaster.”

The Owls were 7 of 18 from 3-point range after going just 3 for 23 from beyond the arc against Houston.

Purvis scored the Huskies’ first eight points and UConn used an 11-0 run to open an early 11-3 lead.

But that was the largest lead the Huskies would have in the half. Temple’s defense forced seven first-half turnovers and held UConn to 10 baskets on 31 shots (32 percent). The Huskies came into the game shooting better than 50 percent.

UConn made just four of 20 shots from 3-point range.

“We just tried to protect the 3-point line as much as we could and play great team defense, and we were able to do that tonight,” Bond said.

The Owls were 10 of 31 from the field, but took a 15-13 lead on a 3-pointer by DeCosey and led 30-27 at halftime.

Dunphy ranks fourth on Temple’s all-time wins list, and can pass James Usilton, Sr. with five more wins. John Chaney leads the list with 516 wins.

Temple won both meetings between the teams last season.

UConn was playing its fifth straight game without center Amida Brimah, who broke the middle finger on his right hand on Dec. 21 and isn’t expected back until mid-February.

TIP-INS

Temple: Temple is 2-3 this season against ranked opponents. The Owls played three ranked teams in their first four games, losing to all of them. … Temple was averaging just under nine turnovers a game coming into the contest, the second-best mark in the nation. UConn forced 12 Owl turnovers on Tuesday.

UConn: The Huskies have not won six straight since their improbable run through the 2014 NCAA Tournament to earn the program’s fourth national championship. … Purvis has scored in double figures in every game this season and extended his streak of double-figure games to 20.

UP NEXT:

Temple: The Owls host East Carolina on Saturday.

UConn: The Huskies host Memphis at Gampel Pavilion on Saturday.

High school basketball player collapses, dies at AAU event

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James Hampton, a member of Team United and a senior at Liberty Heights, a private high school in Charlotte, collapsed and died during a Nike Elite Youth Basketball League game on Saturday night.

Hampton was 17 years old.

In the second half of a game against Nike Phamily, a Phoenix-based program that is run by the father of Marvin Bagley III, Hampton collapsed to the floor unresponsive. Trainers at the event began CPR on and administered chest compressions. Parademics arrived within 10 minutes, but Hampton could not be revived.

The cause of death has not yet been released, but this is not the first time that Hampton had an issue. Last spring, at an event in the Washington D.C. area, Hampton collapsed on the court and had to be given CPR.

“He just fell down on the floor,” Team United director Jacoby Davis told the Charlotte Observer. “He had seizures a year ago and I remember (one of the Team United coaches) telling me that, ‘I saw his eyes rolling back in his head.’ I ran on the court thinking he was having a seizure. A trainer came over and said he didn’t know what was wrong. Another trainer checked his pulse. He said he didn’t have a pulse. It got crazy after that.”

RIP James Hampton.

Nevada’s Jordan Caroline pulls out of 2018 NBA Draft

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Jordan Caroline has opted to pull his name out of the 2018 NBA Draft as he will return to Nevada for his senior season, he announced on Saturday.

The 6-foot-7 Caroline put together a strong season for the Wolf Pack as he averaged 17.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game as Nevada made the Sweet 16 behind one of the most talented offenses in the country.

Caroline’s return is a huge boost for Nevada as they still await the NBA draft decisions of Caleb and Cody Martin.

Currently ranked No. 17 in the NBCSports.com Preseason Top 25 (without the Martin twins), the Wolf Pack will still have a ton of talent around Caroline next season. Five-star freshman center Jordan Brown recently committed to Nevada. The program also a number of talented transfers entering the mix, including Tre’Shawn Thomas, Nisre Zouzoua and Ehab Amin.

If the Martin twins return to school (and that is a big if) then Nevada could have a potentially elite offense next season. But even if the Martin twins go pro, Nevada should still be the favorite in the Mountain West and a threat to once again make the second weekend of the NCAA tournament.

Dewan Huell returning to Miami for junior season

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Miami received some positive news on Saturday afternoon as the school announced the return of forward Dewan Huell for his junior season.

After testing the NBA draft waters without an agent, the 6-foot-11 Huell will be back for the Hurricanes. Starting all 32 games for the program last season, Huell averaged 11.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game while shooting 57 percent from the floor.

“After getting feedback from NBA teams and talking it over with my family and coaches, I would like to announce that I will be returning to Miami for my junior season,” Huell said in the release. “I’m really excited to get back to work with my brothers so we can accomplish more than ever during the 2018-19 season.”

A former McDonald’s All-American coming out of high school, Huell’s return gives the Hurricanes stability in the front court for next season as he’ll play with other returning players like Sam Waardenburg and Ebuka Izundu. With Miami losing both Lonnie Walker and Bruce Brown early to the 2018 NBA Draft, Huell could be expected to provide more offensive production as a junior.

Bruce Weber receives contract extension at Kansas State

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Kansas State and head coach Bruce Weber have agreed to a two-year contract extension, according to a release from the school.

After leading the Wildcats to a surprising Elite Eight appearance in March, Weber will be the head coach at Kansas State through the 2022-23 season, which gives him another five seasons to work with. Weber will be paid $2.5 million in 2018-19 and he’ll receive a $100,000 increase to his salary in each remaining contract year.

Weber had already signed a two-year extension in August 2017, but this move gives the veteran head coach more job security (and positive recruiting perception) for the next few seasons.

“We are very fortunate to have not only such an outstanding basketball coach but also a man in Coach Weber who conducts his program with integrity and class and is widely respected across the nation,” Kansas State Director of Athletics Gene Taylor said. “Certainly last season was one of the most memorable postseason runs in our program’s history, and we are excited for next season and the years ahead under Coach Weber’s leadership.”

With Kansas State returning most of its roster from last season, including the return of guard Barry Brown from the 2018 NBA Draft process, expectations are sky-high for Weber and the Wildcats this season. Currently ranked as the No. 8 team in the NBCSports.com Preseason Top 25, Kansas State’s veteran club could give Kansas a serious run for a Big 12 regular season title this season.

Northwestern loses incoming freshman point guard

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Northwestern and incoming freshman point guard Jordan Lathon are parting ways. The 6-foot-4 Lathon was viewed as a potential candidate to replace Bryant McIntosh at lead guard for the Wildcats this season, but Northwestern has reportedly revoked his offer of admission and basketball scholarship.

It is unclear why Lathon was unable to be admitted into Northwestern, but the school’s VP for University Relations, Alan Cubbage, gave a statement to Inside NU’s Davis Rich and Caleb Friedman.

“Northwestern University has revoked its offers of admission and an athletic scholarship for Jordan Lathon, a recruit for the Northwestern men’s basketball team,” the statement said. “Out of respect for the privacy of the student, the University will have no further public comment.”

Lathon later acknowledged the situation in a tweet explaining to fans that he will no longer be attending Northwestern.

While it is unclear why Lathon and Northwestern are parting ways, other high-major programs are already very interested in bringing in Lathon for next season. Oklahoma State immediately jumped in with a scholarship offer. There is also speculation that Lathon, a native of Grandview, Missouri, could also hear from the in-state Tigers as well.

It’ll be interesting to see where Lathon lands, and how this also affects Northwestern’s point guard situation. The loss of a four-year starter like McIntosh will be tough to fill, especially since Lathon was committed to Northwestern since last June. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Wildcats and head coach Chris Collins seek out a veteran point guard graduate transfer to try and get some immediate help.