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Ramone Moore scored three seconds into overtime and the Temple men's basketball team led the rest of the way in a 78-74 victory over Wichita State in the third-place game at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Sunday. Moore scored 23 points, Juan Fernandez added 15, Micheal Eric had 14 points and 12 rebounds and Khalif Wyatt added 13 for the Owls (3-1). Toure' Murray led Wichita State (2-2) with 24.

Ramone Moore scored three seconds into overtime and the Temple men's basketball team led the rest of the way in a 78-74 victory over Wichita State in the third-place game at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Sunday.

Moore scored 23 points, Juan Fernandez added 15, Micheal Eric had 14 points and 12 rebounds and Khalif Wyatt added 13 for the Owls (3-1). Toure' Murray led Wichita State (2-2) with 24.

"It was a great visit, great tournament, great win for us," said Temple coach Fran Dunphy. "Any time you can find a way to scratch, claw and win a game like this, it helps your team. I'm happy to be coming out of here with two wins."

Eric tipped the ball to Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson, who fed a streaking Moore for a layup to open the extra period. Wyatt then made a jumper and Moore scored on a three-point play to push the lead to seven.

"It was just lucky, we don't practice jump balls all that much," said Dunphy. "Rahlir read it, got it and got it to Ramone. I'd love to tell you it was drawn up, but it was all reads."

Said Moore: "It was a great job by Mike to get a good tip to Rahlir. I saw an opening and Rahlir made a good pass and I made a good finish."

The Owls made it tough on themselves down the stretch with three turnovers and four missed free throws in the last three minutes of the extra period, but Wyatt came up with a key block and the Shockers couldn't take advantage of the mistakes.

Fernandez's three-pointer with 48 seconds left in regulation tied the game at 64 and forced the overtime.

"I thought Rahlir was going to shoot it, but when he gave me the ball back and I was inside the line I tried to step back," said Fernandez. "I was coming from three misses in a row and luckily it went in."

Fernandez blocked a Murray three-point attempt and Wyatt missed a three at the buzzer as each team had a chance to win at the end of regulation.

It was the second overtime win of the year for the Owls, who also used an extra five minutes to beat Penn the first game of the season. Temple is off until next Sunday when it travels to Bowling Green.

"We should have done a better job closing it out or controlling the game," said Fernandez. "But we'll learn from those mistakes."

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