Josh Brown lifts Temple past SMU on last-second bucket

Coach Fran Dunphy of Temple tries to to explain his action after being called for a technical foul late in their game against Cincinnati at the Liacouras Center at Temple University on Jan 4, 2018. CHARLES FOX / Staff Photographer

DALLAS - Josh Brown scored on a driving five-foot shot with 1.2 seconds left to lift Temple past SMU, 66-64, Wednesday night at Moody Coliseum.

The Owls (8-8) snapped a five-game losing streak and earned their first American Athletic Conference victory after four straight losses.

Sophomore Quinton Rose was the leader for Temple, scoring 23 points to help the Owls end the Mustangs' 33-game home winning streak.

SMU used a 19-3 run to take a three-point lead with 1 minute, 46 seconds left. Temple senior Obi Enechionyia made back-to-back buckets, the first a three-pointer, tying the score both times.

After a defensive stop, Temple ran down the clock for the final bucket and Brown hit the game-winner for the third time in his career.

"We made a couple big shots, Obi with those two huge buckets and Josh's jump hook in the lane was great," Temple coach Fran Dunphy said. "He's done that before, so he's used to it by this time. You know SMU is going to make a run. They really pushed the tempo. ...

"This is a really good SMU team and I'm so proud of our guys for weathering the storm, as it were. Josh wanted it at the end and felt like he could do it again and he did."

After struggling in the last two games, Rose came alive to hit 9 of 14 from the field, including 3 of 5 three-pointers. Enechionyia finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and two blocks.

Shake Milton scored a game-high 25 points for SMU (12-6, 2-3).

The Owls will return home to play Memphis on Saturday at 2 p.m.

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