PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Each one of Temple's starters scored in double figures Wednesday night. Yup, everyone on the Owls seems to enjoy facing St. Bonaventure.
Moore scored 13 of his 19 points in the last 5:17 of the first half, leading the 19th-ranked Owls to an 83-55 victory over the Bonnies.
``I just think we had open looks and we knocked them down,' Temple coach Fran Dunphy said. ``It seemed like everyone was in a nice comfort zone tonight. It was just a night that we were making shots and looked like we knew what we were doing.'
Temple has won the last 14 games in the series and all 31 of its home games against St. Bonaventure. The Owls (12-3, 3-0 Atlantic 10) have won nine of 10 overall.
Andrew Nicholson, who leads the A-10 in scoring at 22.4 points per game, was held to 12 after scoring 34 in the Bonnies' league-opening win over Charlotte on Saturday. Michael Davenport led St. Bonaventure (9-6, 1-1) with 13 points, and Ogo Adegboye and Demitrius Conger each had 11.
``Their defense carries them but when they combine it with the way the shot, you see why they're No. 19 in the country,' St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt said. ``When they're shooting like that, they're really tough.'
Temple shot 51 percent (30 for 59) from the field, including 9 for 21 from 3-point range. The Owls were shooting 29.5 percent from 3-point range entering the game, good for 13th in the conference.
Khalif Wyatt, starting for injured guard Juan Fernandez, had a career-high 15 points as each Temple starter reached double digits. Scootie Randall had 17, Lavoy Allen added 15 and Micheal Eric finished with 10 for the Owls, who came within one of tying their season high for points.
``I felt a lot more comfortable today than Sunday making my first start,' Wyatt said, referring to the Owls' 57-53 win over St. Louis. ``My teammates encouraged me all week to be prepared and I came out more comfortable. You never know when they're going to need you to step up.'
Fernandez missed his second straight game with a bone bruise on his left knee. The 6-foot-4 junior, who entered tied with Moore with a team-leading 15 points per game, was injured last Friday in practice and is day to day.
Temple led 49-28 at halftime and stretched the advantage to as many as 31 in the second half. The Owls, who are 52-6 against the Bonnies shot 61 percent in the first half, making seven of 12 3-point attempts.
St. Bonaventure was within one with 10:16 left in the first half before the Owls took control. Beginning with T.J. DiLeo's 3-pointer, the Owls closed the half by scoring 29 of the final 38 points.
``Overall, everybody came out and did a great job,' Moore said. ``Those guys did a great job of filling a role of making baskets and getting out in transition.'
The Owls lead the Atlantic 10 in scoring defense at 58.6 points per game, and Dunphy praised his team's work with Nicholson, particularly 6-foot-11 center Micheal Eric.
``(Nicholson is) a really good offensive player and I was very pleased with our defense, in particular Mike,' Dunphy said. ``It really meant something to (stop) him.'
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