The Colonials (14-5, 6-3 Atlantic 10) never trailed and beat
Temple for only the second time in the series' last nine games.
Mark Tyndale scored 17 points, Mardy Collins added 13, and Keith
Butler had 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Owls (10-9, 6-2).
Tyndale (knee) and Dustin Salisbery (flu) did not start, but both
came off the bench early in the first half.
Collins had consecutive dunks -- including one off a steal by
Salisbery -- to make it 30-26, but the Colonials scored the first
nine points of a 16-4 run to push the lead to 16 at the half.
Pinnock got the run going early with a 3-pointer, then finished
off Carl Elliott's steal with a fastbreak dunk on the next
Late in the first half, Thompson beat a couple of defenders on a
nifty crossover, drove the lane and was fouled on a layup. He sank
the free throw for a three-point play and a 44-28 lead.
Thompson had a scare when he was clotheslined in the air by Dion
Dacons and took a hard bump on his back. Dacons was whistled for an
intentional foul, Thompson shook off the fall and sank a couple of
free throws for a 63-44 lead.
Temple shot a woeful 33 percent from the floor and missed 20 of
24 3-point attempts. The Owls were just 14-for-24 from the
Rice scored eight points for George Washington. He was a
three-time state scoring champion at Strawberry Mansion High School
and scored 2,681 career points, breaking Wilt Chamberlain's
Philadelphia career scoring record.