No. 11 Rutgers 71, Temple 50

Associated Press  |  Last updated November 30, 2011
April Sykes scored a season-high 19 points and No. 11 Rutgers shot its way past Temple in a 71-50 win Wednesday night. Khadijah Rushdan added 16 while Monique Oliver had 15 for the Scarlet Knights (7-0), who are off to their best start in six years. They began the 2005-06 season 8-0 - the only other time they have won their first seven games under coach C. Vivian Stringer. Rutgers won the San Juan Shootout over Thanksgiving weekend beating Georgia Tech and Arizona State. Rutgers will face a stiff test this weekend when it visits Florida on Friday before playing at No. 9 Miami on Monday. Shey Peddy scored 16 to lead Temple (2-5), which has lost five straight, including three against ranked opponents. Rutgers led by 12 midway through the first half before Temple pulled to 23-17. The Scarlet Knights then went on a 14-2 run over the next 5 minutes to take control. Rushdan and Erica Wheeler each had five points during the spurt, hitting back-to-back 3-pointers that made it 35-19. The Scarlet Knights finished the half shooting 66 percent (19 for 29) from the field and led 46-30. They had 14 assists on their 19 baskets in the first half. Temple closed to 53-41 in the second half, but Rushdan converted a three-point play and Betnijah Laney followed with a basket to restore the 17-point lead with 9:25 left and end any chance of a Temple comeback. The Owls could only get within 15 the rest of the way. Rutgers shot 55 percent from the field for the game. The Owls had won the last two meetings with Rutgers. Temple, which finished off a rough November, hasn't played at home since opening the season with a win over Miami, Ohio. The Owls got swept in the Bahamas over the holidays, losing to then-No. 5 Texas A&M and St. John's. Temple will host Auburn on Saturday in the first of five straight home contests. The Owls will end December with a game against No. 7 Duke.
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