LIVE BLOG: UConn vs. Temple (American Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals)

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Bryce Brimhall / Valencia Voice

The UConn Huskies take on the top-seeded Temple Owls in the American Athletic Conference semifinal, with the winner clinching a spot in the championship game on Sunday.

Temple are coming off a comfortable win over USF on Friday and have some of their players well rested compared to UConn who played in a four overtime marathon against Cincinnati in the quarterfinals.

We’ll be providing live updates throughout the game below:

Second Half:

0:00 – UConn clinches a spot in the Championship game with a 77-62 win over top-seeded Temple.

11:49 – Temple cuts UConn’s lead to single digits as the Huskies now lead 53-44 midway through the second half.

14:13 – UConn goes on a 6-0 run to extend their lead to 52-39. The Huskies are shooting 57 percent from the floor so far.

15:48 – Temple has narrowed UConn’s lead to 47-39 early in the second half. The Owls are 4-4 from the floor early on.

19:48 – Temple opens the second half with a basket and we are underway for the final 20 minutes of the first semifinal of the evening.

First Half:

0:00 – UConn uses a 32-16 run during the final 13 minutes of play to take a 39-28 lead over Temple into halftime.

4:43 – UConn has gone on a 24-7 run over the last eight minutes of play. The Huskies now lead Temple 31-19.

8:06 – UConn have used a 16-4 run to take a 23-16 lead over Temple. The Huskies have all the momentum right now.

9:52 – UConn hits a three after a Temple turnover and teh Huskies have a 18-14 lead and the momentum.

11:42 – Temple is holding on to a 12-11 lead after UConn made a run coming out of the timeout.

12:58 – UConn with back-to-back buckets to cup Temple’s lead to 12-9 and that gets the crowd right back into the game.

16:04 – Quenton DeCosey drives past a few UConn players and dunks it home to give the Owls a 7-2 lead going into the under 16 minute timeout.

16:22 – Back-to-back charging calls gives the ball back to Temple with a 5-2 lead.

17:31 – Temple is on a 5-0 run and have a 5-2 lead after back-to-back jump shots.

19:54 – We have top-off from the Amway and UConn scores the opening basket after winning the tip.