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Temple 73, La Salle 67

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Mardy Collins scored 28 points and added 10
rebounds to lead Temple past La Salle 73-67 in the Atlantic 10
regular-season finale for both teams Saturday.

After La Salle whittled Temples lead to 56-55 with 3:46
remaining, Collins scored five key points for the Owls (15-12,
11-5), who defeated the Explorers for the third straight time.

Collins' three-point play and an ensuing steal and dunk pushed
Temple's lead to 61-55. Antywane Robinson added nine of his 12
points in the second half for the Owls.

The Explorers (9-18, 5-11) trailed 43-30 early in the second
half, but Steven Smith nearly did enough to pull the game out for
La Salle. Smith scored 18 of his 20 points after the break,
including six straight to cut Temple's lead to 56-52 with 4:17
remaining.

Jermaine Thomas added 20 points and Darnell Harris had 15 for
the Explorers.

Before the game, Temple honored senior Wilbur Allen on Senior
Day. Allen started the game and scored three points in six minutes.