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Kansas vs. Temple recap: Jayhawks sneak past Owls, 69-62

Kansas weathered all kinds of Temple storms on Sunday, eventually escaping with a seven-point victory over the Owls.

Jamie Squire

The No. 6 Kansas Jayhawks defeated the Temple Owls, 69-62, on Sunday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan., extending their home court winning streak to 30 games.

The Jayhawks jumped out to an early 12-point lead before Temple fought back to get to within four late in the first half. Kansas looked to be in control again early in the second half, taking a 38-27 lead after Travis Releford's three-pointer at the 18:25 mark. However, the Owls stormed back once again, answering with a 15-3 to take a 42-41 lead with less than 15 minutes remaining in the game.

Kansas and Temple went back and forth for the next 12 minutes, with the Owls extending their lead to as many as four points during that stretch. However, Kansas began to take control once again as the clock ran under two minutes after Kevin Young's free throws gave the Jayhawks a three-point lead. This time, KU would stay ahead for good, as Releford hit another big three pointer with less than a minute remaining to give Kansas a seven-point lead, essentially sealing the victory for the Jayhawks.

Temple guard Khalif Wyatt led all scorers with 26 points. Kansas got 16 points and 10 rebounds out of Young, while Releford finished with 14 points.

Kansas has won 63 straight games against non-conference opponents at Allen Fieldhouse.