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RICHMOND, VA - After pulling out a hard-fought win over Saint Louis at one of the toughest venues in the A10, the Temple men's basketball team (11-4, 1-1 A10) continues its two-game road trip with a visit to defending conference champion Richmond (10-7.1-1) Saturday (7:00 p.m./CBS Sports Network/1210 AM WPHT).
Senior guard Ramone Moore continues to lead the Owls and ranks third in the Atlantic 10 with a 17.0 scoring average, but it has been the play of junior guard Khalif Wyatt that has been fueling the team of late. The reigning A10 Player of the Week is averaging 25 points in the Owls' two league games, and scored a game-high 22 in the team's win at Saint Louis. Wyatt also tops the Owls in steals (2.0 spg., 5th A10) and three-point shooting (30-69, .435) while ranking second in scoring (16.3 ppg., 7th A10).
Senior guard Juan Fernandez, also among the A10's top three-point shooters (35-86, .407), rounds out Temple's three double figure scorers with a 12.1 average. He also tops TU in assists with 63.
Junior Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson (9.7 ppg., 6.4 rpg.) and redshirt freshman Anthony Lee (5.8 ppg., 6.8 rpg.) have done a remarkable job in the front court while graduate center Micheal Eric (10.5 ppg., 11.3 rpg.) recovers from a patella injury. Hollis-Jefferson leads the Owls and ranks third in the A10 in field goal percentage (.626) while Lee leads the squad in rebounding and blocked shots (24).
Sophomore Aaron Brown, who has scored in double figures in five of the last 10 games, continues to be an offensive spark off the bench (7.7 ppg.) while redshirt junior T.J. DiLeo (2.7 ppg.) and freshman Will Cummings (2.9 ppg.) round out the eight-man rotation.
Richmond, under the direction of head coach Chris Mooney, lost four starters to graduation from last year's team that captured the A10 title. Junior guard Darien Brothers, the lone returning starter, leads the Spiders with a 14.6 scoring average. Freshman guard Kendall Anthony (13.5 ppg.) and sophomore guard Cedrick Lindsay (12.7 ppg.) also average double figures, with Anthony providing his offense in a sixth-man role.
Sophomore forward Derrick Williams (9.6 ppg.), senior forward Francis-Cedric Martel (5.8 ppg,) and senior forward/center Darrius Garrett (5.6 ppg.) round out UR's starting five.