>> Temple vs Central Florida Final: 86-78 - Recap
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Temple got a 26-point performance from Dalton Pepper as they ran past Central Floridan 86-78 on Tuesday at Liacouras Center.
Bettors who backed Temple were also rewarded, as they covered the closing number as a favorite of 3.5 at sportsbooks.
Temple got 23 points from Will Cummings and another 20 points from Anthony Lee. Quenton DeCosey contributed 5 assists, while Anthony Lee cleaned the glass with 10 rebounds.
Central Florida got 23 points from Calvin Newell in a losing cause and another 14 points from Kasey Wilson. Brandon Goodwin contributed 4 assists for them, while Kasey Wilson had 7 rebounds.
First-half bettors who backed Temple were victorious, as the score was 36-33 at the break.
Temple won the battle of the boards, outrebounding their counterparts 36-30.