Cummings' 3-pointer with 7 seconds left lifted the Owls to an 83-81 victory over Georgia at the Charleston Classic on Friday and rescued the Owls after the Bulldogs had rallied from 13 points down to move in front 81-80 on Charles Mann's driving layup moments earlier.
"As soon as I released it, I knew it was good," Cummings said.
And it brought plenty of relief to the Owls (2-3), who had lost their last three and needed something positive to carry into Sunday's final tournament game.
"It's a really good win for us," Temple coach Fran Dunphy said. "One we needed badly."
Temple will take on UAB for fifth place while Georgia (1-3) falls to the seventh-place game against Nebraska, hoping to avoid going 0 for 3 at TD Arena.
The Owls didn't panic in the huddle said Dalton Pepper, who led the team with a career-high 22 points. Quenton DeCosey swung the ball around to an open Cummings for his game winner.
The Bulldogs had a chance with 3.5 seconds left, but Donte Williams caught the inbounds from Brandon Morris and took a quick, long shot that bounced hard off the backboard. Mann could not re-direct the rebound and time ran out.
Georgia coach Mark Fox told his players they had time for a pass and thought Williams acted too quickly in shooting. Fox said his team needed to play improved defense so it wouldn't fall behind as it did in the opening half and not to rely on late plays to prevail.
"Give them credit, at the moment of truth, their kid made a great play," he said.
Cummings finished with 17 points while Pepper made five 3-pointers and led the Owls with five assists.
DeCosey had 15 points and Daniel Dingle a career-high 12 for the Owls. Pepper was 5 of 9 on 3-pointers and led the Owls with five assists.
Kenny Gaines led Georgia with 21 points and Mann added 19.
NO. 14 MICHIGAN 82,
FLORIDA STATE 80 (OT)
In San Juan, Puerto Rico, Nik Stauskas scored 26 points, including seven in overtime, as Michigan (4-1) erased a 16-point deficit to beat Florida State (4-1) in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
NO. 18 CONNECTICUT 59,
In New York, Shabazz Napier scored 27 points to lead Connecticut (6-0) over Indiana (5-1) in the championship game of the 2K Sports Classic.
BOSTON COLLEGE 89,
In New York, Joe Rahon scored 22 points, including four 3-pointers in Boston College’s first-half barrage from beyond the arc, and the Eagles (2-4) beat Washington (2-3) in the third-place game of the 2K Sports Classic.
MARYLAND 68, MARIST 43
In St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Jake Layman scored 16 points, including 4 of 6 from 3-point range, as Maryland (2-2) beat Marist (0-5) in the Paradise Jam.
PROVIDENCE 67, VANDERBILT 60
In St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Tyler Harris scored 15 points, including a key 3-pointer during a late 18-0 run, as Providence (5-0) came from behind to beat Vanderbilt (2-2) in the Paradise Jam.
TENNESSEE STATE 67
In Knoxville, Tenn., Jordan McRae scored 25 points and Tennessee (3-1) shot 55.4 percent from the floor to defeat Tennessee State (0-6).
LOUISIANA STATE 89,
SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA 66
In Baton Rouge, La., Johnny O’Bryant III had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead Louisiana State (3-1) past Southeast Louisiana (2-2).
MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE 82
In Oxford, Miss., Derrick Millinghaus scored 21 points to lead Mississippi (3-0) over Mississippi Valley (1-4).
NO. 9 BAYLOR 88,
NORTHWESTERN STATE 54
In Waco, Texas, Odyssey Sims scored 30 points as Baylor (5-0) routed Northwestern State (2-2).
Former Laney standout Khadijiah Cave had four points and three rebounds for the Bears.