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Temple edges Florida Atlantic 74-73 in American Athletic Conference tournament

Hysier Miller leads Temple with 21 points
Florida Atlantic Owls guard Johnell Davis dribbles the ball as Temple Owls guard Zion Stanford defends in first half, Feb. 15, 2024
Posted at 10:25 PM, Mar 16, 2024
and last updated 2024-03-16 22:30:34-04

FORT WORTH, Texas — Temple won its fourth game in four days, defeating Florida Atlantic 74-73 in the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament on Saturday.

With the win, Temple (16-19) — the 11th seed — advanced to its first AAC final and will face No. 4 seed UAB on Sunday. Temple becomes the lowest seed to make a championship final appearance.

Shane Dezonie made a jumper with 2:33 remaining to break a 64-64 tie to give Temple the lead for good. In the last minute, Nick Boyd hit a jumper and Johnell Davis made three free throws for No. 2 seed Florida Atlantic (25-8) to cut the lead to one with 29 seconds left.

Dezonie hit two free throws with 14 seconds remaining before Nick Boyd brought it back to one with a pair of free throws.

Davis committed a turnover on his errant pass, and Temple's Hysier Miller dove to the floor for the loose ball as time expired to seal the win.

Miller led Temple with 21 points, while Jordan Riley recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Vladislav Goldin led the Owls with 23 points, while Davis had 18 points.