Cummings' three-pointer lifts Owls over Bulldogs
Cummings' three-pointer with 7 seconds left lifted the Owls to an 83-81 victory over Georgia at the Charleston Classic on Friday and rescued the Owls after the Bulldogs had rallied from 13 points down to move in front, 81-80, on Charles Mann's driving layup moments earlier.
"As soon as I released it, I knew it was good," Cummings said.
And it brought plenty of relief to the Owls (2-3), who had lost their last three and needed something positive to carry into Sunday's final tournament game.
Temple will take on Alabama-Birmingham for fifth place while Georgia (1-3) falls to the seventh-place game against Nebraska, hoping to avoid going 0 for 3 at TD Arena.
The Owls didn't panic in the huddle, said Dalton Pepper, who led the team with a career-high 22 points. Quenton DeCosey swung the ball around to an open Cummings for his game-winner.
The Bulldogs had a chance with 3.5 seconds left, but Donte Williams caught the inbounds from Brandon Morris and took a quick, long shot that bounced hard off the backboard. Mann could not redirect the rebound and time ran out.
Georgia coach Mark Fox told his players they had time for a pass and thought Williams acted too quickly in shooting. Fox said his team needed to play improved defense so it wouldn't fall behind as it did in the opening half and not to rely on late plays to prevail.
"Give them credit, at the moment of truth, their kid made a great play," he said of the Owls.
Cummings finished with 17 points while Pepper made five three-pointers and led Temple with five assists.
DeCosey had 15 points and Daniel Dingle a career-high 12 for the Owls. Pepper was 5 of 9 on three-pointers and led the Owls with five assists.
Kenny Gaines led Georgia with 21 points and Mann added 19.
Temple was 9 of 14 on three-pointers in the first 20 minutes.