Freshman Jared Bynum scored a career-high 23 points but Temple rallied to defeat Saint Joseph's, 77-70, in a Big 5 game at soldout Hagan Arena.
Shizz Alston, Jr., and Quinton Rose scored 15 points apiece to lead Temple (7-1; 2-0 Big 5) to its third straight win over the Hawks.
Charlie Brown, Jr., tallied 18 points for Saint Joseph's (4-4; 0-1 Big 5) while Lamarr Kimble added 12 points. Taylor Funk tied his career-high with 13 rebounds.
With the game tied at 60-60, Temple hit three consecutive three-pointers, and one by Alston with 2:15 to play gave the Owls a 69-60 lead and seal the win.
Temple trailed by as much as 11 points late in the first half and by 41-33 at halftime. But the Owls cut the deficit to 46-42 in the first four minutes. Saint Joseph's went scoreless for a four-minute stretch allowing Temple to tie it, 48-48, and then taking a 50-49 lead on a layup by De'Vondre Perry at 10:13.
Bynum paced SJU in the first half, scoring 15 points on 4-for-4 shooting, as the Hawks went up by 11, holding a 36-25 lead with 1:59 to play.
Temple's bench outscored the Hawks, 24-7, and the Owls held a 44-35 rebounding edge. SJU was without leading rebounder Pierfrancesco Oliva for almost the entire second half after he suffered a possible concussion.
Neither team shot well in the contest, with both under 40 percent. But the Hawks converted only 29.2 percent (7-for-24) from three-point range, despite entering the game hitting 40 percent on the season.
"There was a big play at the end, and we have to have that rebound to keep playing in the game. And our best rebounder got a concussion and couldn't play the last [however many] minutes. But we have to be a gang-rebound team. And that's on me. We have to be more committed to being an offensive-glass team."
The game marked the final game between head coaches and good friends Phil Martelli and Fran Dunphy, as Dunphy will be retiring from Temple at the end of the year. Dunphy received a standing ovation from the SJU fans at the start of the game while the Hawk student section held a rollout saying, “Fran Dunphy = Big 5 Legend”.
"That response was pure and simple St. Joe's. I was so proud. And that wasn't prompted. He (Dunphy) looked down like I had something to do with it. That was a beautiful thing and a tribute to a wonderful man," said Martelli.
The Hawks will play the next two on the road, visiting Princeton on Wednesday and then taking on rival Villanova on Saturday afternoon.