There were four ties and four lead changes in a first half that ended with an 8-2 Temple run that put the Owls up 42-37 at the break. Christmas hit 6-of-9 high arching 3-pointers in the opening 20 minutes to pace TU.
Temple opened the second half with a 5-0 run to take their first double-digit lead at 47- 37 at the 18:43 mark.
The Dukes pulled to within five on a Saunders layup with 4:48 left before Ryan Brooks hit his fourth 3-pointer of the game to put Temple up 65-57. Saunders made it a two possession game with a jumper before the Dukes missed four consecutive shots - including three from close range - and two free throws over the next three minutes before Christmas, who was named the tournament's outstanding player for the second straight year, hit a pair of free throws with 51 seconds left to up Temple's lead to 67-59.
Temple, which shot .458, was 11-of-27 from the 3-point arc with Christmas and Brooks accounting for all 11 field goals. Duquesne shot .431 and was 9-of-27 from the arc. TU outscored DU 19-9 in second chance points.
- Aaron Jackson and Melquan Bolding became the first Dukes since 1994 to earn a spot on the All-Championship Team
- Bolding was just the tenth freshman in tournament history to be named All-Championship
- DU set a championship record with 40 3- pointers made and 101 attempts easily breaking the old marks of 33 and 77 set by Saint Joseph's in 2006
- Jackson's 79 points tied the second-highest point total in Championship history
- Bill Clark's 30 free throw attempts were a tournament record
- Damian Saunders 13 blocks tied the second-highest in Championship history