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PHILADELPHIA - Sophomore guard Khalif Wyatt came off the bench to score a team-high 18 points and senior forward Lavoy Allen added 14 points and seven rebounds to lead Temple to a 71-67 win at La Salle Wednesday Night. Allen also became the fifth Owl to grab 1000 rebounds for a career in the contest while Fran Dunphy, a 1970 La Salle grad, posted his 100th win as TU's head coach. Temple won its third straight game in improving to 16-5 overall and 6-2 in the conference. La Salle saw its three-game win streak come to an end and now is 11-12, 3-5.
Wyatt, back to his sixth man spot with the return of Juan Fernandez to the starting lineup, jump-started a Temple offense in the first half with eight straight points in a 12-2 Temple run to give the Owls a 30-21 advantage with 2:44 remaining in the first half. It was a lead the Cherry and White would never reliquish.
"Khalif is a big part of what we are trying to do," Dunphy said. "To have that firepower coming off the bench and knowing that he can not only get his own shot, but make shots and get other people shots."
Despite falling behind 10-2 after missing their first seven field goal attempts and being out-rebounded 25-11 in the first half, Temple was able to hold a 32-23 lead at the break due to Wyatt's 11 points at intermission.
The Owls continued to assert themselves in the second half, winning the battle of the boards, 18-15, and making 52 percent of their shots. Allen had eight of his 14 points in the frame,and five of his rebounds, including his 1000th.
"It feels good to hit that milestone, but I was most happy that it came with a win," Allen said on that mark.
"I need to establish how good a player (Lavoy) is and how good he has been throughout his career," Dunphy added. "He has been terrific and I thought he was our best player by far tonight."
The Owls controlled the game for most of the final 20 minutes, building the margin to a high of 14 points, 61-47, with 3:17 remaining on a Allen jumper off a Wyatt assist.
Temple kept La Salle at bay until the final minute. Then, the Explorers ran off five straight points over the final 20 seconds to cut the margin to four with one second on the clock.
La Salle sophomore Aaric Murray led all scorers with 22 points, but Allen's defense held him to eight of 21 shooting from the field.
Junior Scootie Randall added 14 points for Temple while the Owls' leading scorer on the season, junior guard Ramone Moore had his streak of 18 straight double figure games end at 18. Moore finished with four points, but had a game-high five assists.
Temple next hosts Rhode Island on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. (ESPN2/1340 AM WHAT). The game will also be the annual Hooter The Owl's Birthday party with the first 1500 kids ages 14 and under receiving a Temple basketball replica jersey, sponsored by the Philadelphia Federal Credit Union. Local team mascots including the Phillies phanatic will be on hand for a fun-filled game.