AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Frank Tolbert scored 14 points and Auburn
held Temple to 26 percent shooting in a 73-42 victory on Sunday.
The Tigers (5-2) built a 22-point halftime lead and weren't
threatened after that, hitting 11-of-24 3-pointers and taking
advantage of an out-of-character sloppy performance from Temple
It was the Owls' worst scoring performance both offensively and
defensively of the season, ending a three-game winning streak. The
31-point margin also tied Temple's second-worst defeat under coach
John Chaney. Temple lost 96-65 to Xavier on March 8, 2003.
The Owls were just 7-of-28 from 3-point range and 5-of-15 from
the free throw line while committing 11 turnovers, nearly double
their season average. Temple's shooting was even worse in the
second half, making just 5-of-28 shots.
Ronny LeMelle hit four 3-pointers and finished with 12 points
for the Tigers. He was playing with a bandage over his left eye
after getting 25 stitches Wednesday night.
Leading scorer Mardy Collins had just nine points on 3-of-12
shooting for Temple and didn't score in the first half. He had sat
out the final six minutes with two fouls but didn't pick up another
one in the second half.
The Owls cut the lead to 18 on Collins' 3-pointer with 12:57
left but couldn't come any closer even though Auburn had managed
just one field goal in an eight-minute span.
Emanuel Willis, a Southern California transfer playing in his
first game, had a dunk and the Tigers hit four consecutive 3s to
push their lead to as many as 35 points.
The Tigers turned a two-point game into a 45-23 halftime lead
with two nice runs over the final 9 minutes.
LeMelle hit two straight 3-pointers to cap a 17-2 run with 3:55
left. Temple scored the next five points and then went into another
funk, getting outscored 12-2 over the final 2:33.
Temple came in averaging a nation's best six turnovers per game,
but had nine before halftime.