It was a thorough dissection of the No. 10 basketball team in the country and one that dramatically enhances Temple's NCAA resumé.

Taking command from the beginning against one of college basketball's storied programs, Temple pounded Kansas, 77-52, Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

It was by far the signature win of the season for the Owls (8-4), whose fans stormed the court after the final buzzer.

"Tonight it was just our night to shine and I am happy for our kids," said coach Fran Dunphy, who earned the sixth win over a top-10 team in his nine-year Temple career.

It was also the eighth straight year the Owls have beaten a top-25 team.

Kansas had trouble dealing with Temple's three-guard set of Will Cummings, Jesse Morgan and Quenton DeCosey who combined for 54 points.

Cummings had 19 points and four assists. DeCosey scored 18 and Morgan, the UMass transfer playing just his second game for Temple, added 17.

"Their guards were so good and quick," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "They have five guards who are all legitimate guards who can catch, pass, handle and stretch it from beyond the arc."

The other guards Self referred to were Josh Brown and Clemson transfer Devin Coleman, who was playing his second Temple game. The two combined to hit 4 of 5 shots off the bench.

Temple's 6-foot-8 junior Jaylen Bond was a defensive force inside and also managed eight points, nine rebounds and three steals. He held Kansas' leading scorer Perry Ellis to five points on 1-for-10 shooting.

Guard Frank Mason III scored 13 of his team-high 20 points in the first half for Kansas.

This is not the Kansas team of a year ago with Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid (now a 76ers rookie), but the Jayhawks had beaten three teams that were nationally ranked when they played them - Michigan State, Florida and Utah - while their only loss in the first 10 games was to No. 1 Kentucky.

Kansas trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half and was down by 35-25 at intermission, even though the Jayhawks were 0 for 3 from the foul line while Temple was 12 for 13.

Kansas cut the lead to 35-29 early in the second half, but Temple withstood the surge and began pulling away. The Owls held Kansas to 8 for 31 (25.8 percent) shooting in the second half.

"We wanted to play free, play loose and not worry about the stage we were on," Cummings said. ". . . We answered the call and answered their comeback."



Temple's shooting percentage in the upset of Kansas.


Owls starters in double figures.


Last time that Temple beat the Jayhawks.