La Salle, which needed to go through three overtimes to beat Mercer last season, got the job done in regulation time on Sunday.
The Hawks shot just 37 percent from the field and were outrebounded but got 19 points each from Demery and Newkirk in the victory.
The long process to move Temple's football team out of Lincoln Financial Field and into North Philadelphia is gaining steam, according to several sources.
Temple rebounded from its loss to top-ranked Villanova with tough victory over Drexel to avoid a bad loss early in the season.
Since the Nittany Lions ended the regular season, they have lost offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead, and almost saw defensive coordinator Brent Pry leave.
Redshirt freshman Omari Spellman is Villanova's best interior presence but he also has a shot from distance that cannot be overlooked.
New roles and responsibilities have every Villanova player in proving-it mode.
Jalen Brunson scored a career-high 31 points as the undefeated Wildcats won their 22nd straight game in the City Series.
Rose scored a career high 27 points and shot 5 of 6 from three-point range.
Coach Geoff Collins says he has been flying around the country recruiting, but he insists that it won't interfere with the staff's focus on the bowl game.
This is the third straight year Temple faces a top-ranked Villanova team. The Wildcats are 10-0, and the Owls are also off to a strong start, at 6-2.
Best Philly team I covered? Dead heat. La Salle (1990). St. Joe's (2004). Can't choose. Won't choose.
"Someone fell on his hand in practice," Wright said of Gillespie after the Wildcats' win over La Salle.