Temple tops La Salle in OT 97-92 in Big 5 matchup
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Daniel Dingle scored a career-high 21 points, Obi Enechionyia added 20 and Temple held off La Salle 97-92 on Friday night in a season opener between Big 5 teams.
Shizz Alston Jr. added 14 points, Ernest Aflakpui 12 points and 10 rebounds and Quinton Rose also had 12 points.
Enechionyia's tip gave the Owls an 86-84 lead with three minutes left in OT. Dingle's left-handed shot in the lane made it 90-85 before Alston made a steal and a layup for a 92-85 lead with 1:35 left. Alston made three free throws and Alani Moore two in the final 13 seconds to hold off the Explorers.
B.J. Johnson scored 23 points and Jordan Price 22 for the Explorers. Price sent the game into overtime with a long, straightaway 3-pointer with five seconds left.
The Owls have a 76-41 advantage in the series and have won 19 of the last 23 meetings.