Temple 78, Villanova 67

Ramone Moore scored 32 points and Temple held off Villanova for

a 78-67 win on Saturday.

Temple (6-2) trailed by one, 36-35, at the half but slowly wore

down the Wildcats (5-4), who have lost four of their last five. The

Owls have won three straight.

Temple outscored Villanova 43-31 in the second half to seal

it.

”I think every year our fans are excited to play Villanova,”

said Moore, who scored 23 of his points in the second half. ”It

makes it even better when we win.”

Temple, which was without starting 6-foot-10 center Micheal Eric

(right knee), overcame Villanova’s size advantage.

”They were the better team tonight,” Villanova coach Jay

Wright said. ”They made more plays. They’re not spectacular, but

they are the type of plays that win games.”

With 8:46 left in the game, Villanova tied it at 54-54 on a

layup by James Bell. Temple responded with a 10-0 run that ended

with a Moore jumper with 6:18 left, and Villanova failed to get

within seven points the rest of the game.

The teams were knotted 39-39 in the rebounding battle, but the

Owls forced 17 Wildcats turnovers.

”I think (Villanova) got in foul trouble early and I think the

opportunity presented itself to go to the basket,” Moore said. ”I

think it was the 11-minute mark that we were in the penalty and

hopefully get some calls. That 10-0 run was big, and we knew we

just had to hold them tonight.”

The Owls will try to make it four straight wins when they play

at Texas next Saturday. The Wildcats (5-4) take on Boston

University Tuesday night at home.