The Temple men's basketball team wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the American Athletic Conference Tournament by beating Memphis, 72-62, on Senior Night on Thursday at the Liacouras Center.
The win improved the NCAA-hopeful Owls to 19-10 overall and 13-4 in league play. They will begin play next Friday in Orlando with the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament.
Temple avenged a loss to Memphis earlier in the season by placing five players in double figures. Senior Jaylen Bond led the way with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Quenton DeCosey added 13 points and Devin Coleman scored 12.
Junior point guard Josh Brown was near perfect with 12 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and no turnovers.
The Owls held a seemingly comfortable double-digit lead for most of the second half before a Tiger run made it a 60-57 game with just over four minutes to play. But an Obi Enechionyia dunk and Coleman three helped put the game away.
Temple was playing for the first time since freshman Trey Lowe was injured in a single-car accident earlier this week. The Owls noted the freshman was in their thoughts.
Owls coach Fran Dunphy reiterated that Lowe is expected to make a full recovery. The freshman likely won't play again this season.