Kill Billikens

Facing the possibility of an 0-2 start in the competitive Atlantic 10 Conference, the Temple men's basketball team responded by shredding Saint Louis' highly-regarded defense in a 72-67 win at the Chaifetz Arena on Wednesday night. The Owls, who dropped their league opener to Dayton Saturday following an upset win over Duke, improved to 11-4 overall and 1-1 in the A-10.

Facing the possibility of an 0-2 start in the competitive Atlantic 10 Conference, the Temple men's basketball team responded by shredding Saint Louis' highly-regarded defense in a 72-67 win at the Chaifetz Arena on Wednesday night.

The Owls, who dropped their league opener to Dayton Saturday following an upset win over Duke, improved to 11-4 overall and 1-1 in the A-10. Saint Louis, which lost for the first time in 10 home games this season, dropped to 13-4, 1-2.

Temple shot 56.6 percent and only attempted seven three-pointers, connecting on five.

Khalif Wyatt continued his red-hot shooting, scoring 22 points on a 9-for-13 effort from the field and perfect 3-of-3 from beyond the arc – all of the long balls coming in a four-minute stretch early in the second half. Ramone Moore scored 18 points and produced a few of the more critical plays in the game.

After a nine-point second-half lead had dwindled to one when Dwayne Evans' layup made it 57-56 with just over four minutes to play, Moore drove the lane, scored and drew a foul, completing the three-point play The senior added a layup for a 62-56 lead.

The Billikens did not go quietly, though, as Kwamain Mitchell's three-pointer made it a 62-61 game with 2:14 to play, but Juan Fernandez's dish to Aaron Brown at the other end led to a three-point play and a two-possession game.

Moore threw an alley-oop pass to Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson for a dunk and six-point advantage with 1:26 remaining, and scored all five of Temple's points in the final minute, including three from the free-throw line. Saint Louis stole Fernandez's inbounds pass trailing by five, but Cody Ellis missed a three with 16 seconds left and Moore grabbed the rebound.

Hollis-Jefferson contributed 12 points, and Anthony Lee was a force on the defensive end with nine rebounds and three blocks.

The Owls face another tough upcoming road trip with a game at Richmond on Saturday.

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