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Temple smothers Western Michigan

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Temple defeated Western Michigan, 69-55, in Thursday’s opening game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico.

Temple smothers Western Michigan

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Temple defeated Western Michigan, 69-55, in Thursday’s opening game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico.

The Owls (2-0) advance to Friday’s 1 p.m. semifinal against Purdue. The Broncos (0-2) will face Iona in Friday’s 3:30 p.m. consolation game.

All five of Temple’s starters scored in double figures.

Micheal Eric had a one of his best performances in an Owls' uniform.

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The 6-foot-11 center had 12 points, a career-high 15 rebounds and three blocked shots.  Eric, a graduate student, also contained Western Michigan center Matt Stainbrook.

Stainbrook finished with 14. But 12 came in the second half while the Owls had a sizeable lead. The 6-9, 290-pound sophomore was coming off a 32-point performance against South Dakota State.

Temple's fifth-year senior guard Ramone Moore finished with a game-high 15 points, five assists and four rebounds. Senior point guard Juan Fernandez added 14 points and a game-high six assists. Khalif Wyatt, a junior guard, finished with 11 points and seven rebounds. And junior forward Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson had 13 points and five rebounds.

Temple jumped out to an early 9-0 lead and never trailed. The Owls' biggest first-half of 17 points (23-6) came with 10 minutes, 34 seconds before intermission.

The Broncos pulled within nine with 3:03 left in the half. But that was Western Michigan’s last field goal of the half. Taking advantage, the Owls went into the locker room up, 37-21.

Temple went on to lead by as many as 22 points twice after intermission.

About this blog
Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He takes over the Sixers beat after covering the Temple men’s basketball team for the past three years and Temple football the past two seasons. Pompey also previously covered the Penn and Drexel men’s basketball team and Villanova football team after initially focusing on high school sports.

Pompey is a native Philadelphian and a University of Pittsburgh graduate. Follow him on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers or reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com. Reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com.

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