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OLEAN, NY -
The Temple men's basketball team brings its eight-game win streak to one of the toughest venues in the Atlantic 10 Conference, the Reilly Center, to take on St. Bonaventure Wednesday night in a nationally-televised game (8:00 p.m./CBS Sports Network/1210 AM WPHT). Like Temple did Saturday in its win over Xavier, St. Bonaventure will host a "White Out" for the game.
The Owls, 19-5 overall and alone in first place in the conference (8-2), have been red-hot of late, averaging 77.6 points per game over the current win-streak while shooting 50.8 percent from the field and 41.9 percent from three-point range. Senior guard Ramone Moore, who shares A10 Player of the Week honors with SBU standout Andrew Nicholson, continues to lead the conference in scoring (18.8 ppg.) and tops head coach Fran Dunphy's squad in three-point shooting (46-110, .418). A leading candidate for A10 Player of the Year, the 6-4 guard has been game-high scorer the last six contests, including a 30-point outing in TU's 85-72 win over Xavier Saturday.
Junior guard Khalif Wyatt ranks second in the conference in scoring with a 16.7 average, while also ranking third in the A10 in steals (2.2 spg.) and fourth in free throw percentage (.832). Senior guard Juan Fernandez, who rounds out the three-guard attack, tops Temple in assists (3.8 apg.) while ranking third in scoring (11.0 ppg.).
Temple's defense is much improved over the latest stretch with the return of 6-11 graduate center Micheal Eric (7.7 ppg., 7.8 rpg., 1.9 bpg.) to the lineup. The Owls are allowing just 63.5 points since Eric's return from a fractured right patella seven games ago. Redshirt freshman Anthony Lee (5.5 ppg., 6.3 rpg.), who asked Dunphy to return Eric to the starting lineup for the Rhode Island game, and junior forward Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson (8.7 ppg., 6.7 rpg., .590 FG%), give the Owls' a trio of interior players as well.
Besides Lee, sophomore guard Aaron Brown (7.5 ppg.), redshirt junior T.J. DiLeo (2.8 ppg.) and freshman guard Will Cummings (1.7 ppg.) round out Temple's nine-man rotation.
St. Bonaventure, under the direction of head coach Mark Schmidt, is 13-9 overall and in fifth place in the A10 with a 7-5 mark. The Bonnies are undefeated in conference play (5-0) in the Reilly Center and 9-1 overall in the arena this season. Nicholson, a preseason first team all-conference pick, tops SBU in scoring (15.6 ppg.), rebounding (7.8 rpg,) and blocks (35) and is coming off a 21-point, 23-rebound game in Saturday's win over Duquesne.
Temple has won the last 14 meetings between the schools and owns a 52-6 advantage in the series. All six SBU wins have come in the Reilly Center, with the last a 57-56 decision on January 15, 2000. The Owls have won the last seven in the building, and are 19-6 overall there.