By Michael Donovan
Shizz Alston topped 20 points for his third straight game, leading Temple to a 77-66 win over visiting Memphis (15-6, 5-3).
Alston hit 4-of-8 from long range, making it 14 three-pointers in three contests as he finished with 22 points for the Owls (11-10, 2-6).
Temple’s lead was no fewer than six points for the final 18 minutes, and they led by double digits much of the way. The Tigers narrowed a 14-point lead to seven on three occasions in the final four minutes, but the Owls held them off.
Mark Williams scored a season-high 15 points including 10 in the final six minutes to keep separation between Temple and Memphis.
Also scoring in double figures for the Owls was senior Daniel Dingle with 16 points, marking his 10th double-digits scoring effort in the last 11 games. Freshman Quinton Rose played a key role off the bench, adding a career- and game-high five assists to a career- and game-high eight rebounds.
The largest lead for either team in the first half was a seven-point advantage for Memphis just past the midway point, 18-11 at 9:41. Dingle sparked the Owls in an early 10-0 run with back-to-back three-pointers for their largest lead of five points, 10-5 at 14:35. The Tigers answered with a 13-1 run for their seven-point lead, but it was a tight half the rest of the way.