SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Temple was denied an opportunity to play for its first in-season tournament title since 1998.
Purdue defeated the Owls, 85-77, in Friday afternoon’s Puerto Rico Tip-Off semifinal at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico.
The Boilermakers (4-0) advanced to Sunday’s 7:30 p.m. championship game against the winner of Friday night’s Wichita State vs. Alabama game. The Owls (2-1), on the hand, will face the loser of the Wichita State vs. Alabama game in Sunday’s 5:30 p.m. third-place game.
The Owls was also failed in their bid to start a season with three victories for the first time since the 2000-01 campaign.
Ramone Moore finished with a game-high 27 points. Twenty of the fifth-year senior’s points came after intermission.
Owls senior point guard Juan Fernandez scored 12 points before fouling out on a technical foul with 5 minutes, 48 seconds left.
Temple found away to sort of contain Robbie Hummel. But unfortunately for the Owls, his teammates stepped up.
Boilermaker guard Lewis Jackson scored 22 of his career-high 26 points in the second half. Guard D.J. Byrd came off the bench to finish with 12, while guard Ryne Smith added 10 points.
Hummel scored 20 points. However, eight of his points came in the first 4:28. The 6-foot-8 senior forward only made 1 of 6 shot attempts in the second half.
There were five leads changes and seven ties.
The Boilermakers went on a 21-5 run to take a 34-29 lead on Jackson’s layup with 3:49 remaining in the first half. The Owls responded by scoring the final six points of the half to pull within, 34-30, at the break.
Purdue went to open up a nine-point lead late in the game. But T.J. DiLeo hit a jumper. Then Moore went on a personal 7-0 run to knot score 67-67 with 3:07 left.
But the Boilermakers scored five points on the ensuing possession.
Jackson converted a three-point play. As Jackson converted his foul shot, Temple center Micheal Eric picked up his fifth foul. Hummel stepped to the line and made a pair of free throws as Purdue built a 72-67 cushion.
That five-point lead proved to be enough for Purdue.