Drive For Five

Ramone Moore and Khalif Wyatt combined for 49 points and Temple dominated Fordham, 78-60, for its fifth straight win, making its move towards the top of the Atlantic 10 standings. The Owls improved to 16-5 overall and 5-2 in the league – a half-game behind front-runner La Salle – in the competitive A-10.

Ramone Moore and Khalif Wyatt combined for 49 points and Temple dominated Fordham, 78-60, for its fifth straight win, making its move towards the top of the Atlantic 10 standings.

The Owls improved to 16-5 overall and 5-2 in the league – a half-game behind front-runner La Salle – in the competitive A-10. Temple is starting a stretch of three games against some of the weaker teams in the conference before hosting Xavier next Saturday.

As usual, it was the guards that carried the Owls. Wyatt scored Temple's first 10 points although the Rams took a 15-10 lead, and Moore took over in the second half when the Owls pulled away.

"It would be really nice if we got production from two of the three guards all the time, and even Juan (Fernandez) was efficient, but Ramone was exceptional," said Temple coach Fran Dunphy. "He made shots when we needed. They made a run in the second half and he stemmed the tide."

Moore, Wyatt and T.J. Dileo all hit threes during a 10-0 run that extended the lead to 14, and the Owls shot an unconscious 66.7 percent in the second half.

"It was just the flow of the game, I was getting shots," said Wyatt of his early barrage. "We weren't getting a lot of stops in the beginning, but we strung a couple stops together, made some shots and started putting some distance."

Center Micheal Eric blocked five shots in 14 minutes, though turned the ball over four times. Temple still has not lost since he returned from a patella injury on Jan. 18.

"I hope Mike's presence means something," said Dunphy. "He wasn't as fluid as he needs to be. He turned it over when he was pressured, but certainly he was a presence defensively."

Bryan Smith scored 23 points for Fordham (9-12, 2-6), but Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson helped hold Chris Gaston to a quiet 14 points, including just two in the first half. Hollis-Jefferson finished with 10 points and nine rebounds for the Owls, who travel to Rhode Island on Saturday.

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