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Khalif Wyatt tallied 20 points to lead Temple to its sixth straight 20-win season, beating Detroit 83-78 Thursday night in a nonconference matchup.
Scootie Randall added 18 points, Jake O'Brien came off the bench to make all six shot attempts for 16 points and Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson paced Temple inside with 13 points and 12 boards.
Temple (20-8), winners of four straight, trailed 39-31 at halftime and tied the game twice before taking its first lead of the second half, 53-51, on a 3-pointer from Wyatt.
From there, the game saw seven lead changes and four ties before Wyatt hit another trey with 1:04 remaining to give the Owls a 77-74 advantage.
Ray McCollum, who led Detroit (19-11) with 21 points, missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer on the Titans' ensuing possession with 44 seconds left and Wyatt answered with two free throws to seal it.
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Khalif Wyatt was scoreless in the first half and had just eight points with two minutes to go against Detroit Thursday, but as the senior guard has done most of the year, he rescued the Temple men’s basketball team in the final minutes.
Wyatt scored 12 points in the last two minutes to rally the Owls past the Titans, 83-78, in the final game of the Gotham Classic.
Khalif Wyatt scored 24 points and Jake O'Brien recorded a double-double to lead Temple to a 76-70 win over Rhode Island on Saturday.
O'Brien finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots for the Owls (21-8, 9-5 Atlantic 10 Conference), who won their fifth straight game. Will Cummings and Scootie Randall each had 15 points, and Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson pulled...
Score: Temple 83, Detroit 78
Stars: Temple: Rhalir Hollis Jefferson 13 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Stl. Khalif Wyatt 20 Pts, 7 Ast. Detroit: Ray McCallum Jr 21 Pts, 7 Reb, 6 Ast.
Story: It was a wild game at the Liacouras Center, but Temple was able to hang in there and knock off a tough Detroit team.
Detroit (19-11, 11-4 Horizon) came out strong, taking an early lead with some newly-found...
Score: Temple 76, Rhode Island 70
Stars: Temple: Khalif Wyatt: 24 Pts, 3 Ast, 3 Reb. Jake O’Brian: 16 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast. Rhode Island: Xavier Munford: 30 Pts.
Story: In a matinee affair at the Liacouras Center today, Temple (21-8, 9-5 A-10) won its fifth straight game, beating Rhode Island (8-19, 3-11 A-10) 76-70 in front of a packed house.
It was a tight game throughout as...