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The torrid Temple men's basketball team won its sixth straight game, again in dominating fashion, as it took over first place in the Atlantic 10 with a 73-56 victory at Rhode Island on Saturday. The Owls improved to 17-5 overall, 6-2 in the Atlantic 10, claiming the top spot with half the conference season to go because of La Salle's loss to St. Joe's.

The torrid Temple men's basketball team won its sixth straight game, again in dominating fashion, as it took over first place in the Atlantic 10 with a 73-56 victory at Rhode Island on Saturday.

The Owls improved to 17-5 overall, 6-2 in the Atlantic 10, claiming the top spot with half the conference season to go because of La Salle's loss to St. Joe's. Rhode Island, which had won two straight, fell to 5-19, 2-7.

Ramone Moore scored 22 points, Khalif Wyatt 16 and Aaron Brown 15 for the Owls. Brown's 6-for-7 performance from the field was significant because he had been scoreless the last two games.

Senior center Micheal Eric returned to the starting lineup. He had come off the bench for four games since recovering from a patella injury.

Eric scored four points and five rebounds in 17 minutes, while Anthony Lee posted four points and three rebounds in 13 minutes in his first game back in a reserve role.

The Owls continued their strong offensive production, shooting 51.8 percent. The last five wins have all been by double digits with an average margin of just under 18 per game.

Temple now returns home, where it has lost just once in the last two seasons. It will face George Washington Wednesday before a huge game Saturday night against Xavier, which has won or shared the last five Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season titles.

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