With guards Ryan Brooks and Juan Fernandez shooting a combined 6 of 21 from the floor, Temple could have been in trouble against La Salle yesterday.
But reserves Ramone Moore and Rahlir Jefferson stepped in to contribute 23 points, trouble was averted, and the Owls won, 64-52, at the Liacouras Center.
Moore, a 6-foot-4 sophomore guard from Southern High, made 7 of 11 shots on his way to a team-high 14 points. Jefferson, a 6-6 freshman forward from Chester, made all four of his shots to tie his career high with nine.
"Usually, our starting team gets off to a fast start," said Moore, who averages 5.2 points a game but had eight by halftime yesterday. "But today they needed our help, and I think we came in and did a good job."
While Brooks wound up with 10 points and Fernandez managed only two field goals, the other Owls regulars made healthy contributions.
Forward Lavoy Allen contributed 12 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists. Point guard Luis Guzmán collected eight rebounds and five assists, and forward Micheal Eric tied his career high with 13 points.
"That's what you need going forward here," Temple coach Fran Dunphy said. "You need guys coming off the bench doing a good job. Ramone Moore really bailed us out, and Rahlir did a couple of really good things."
With the win, No. 15 Temple raised its record to 18-4 overall, 6-1 in the Atlantic Ten Conference.
La Salle, which is 11-10 and 3-4, shot only 29.8 percent from the floor. After the first 20 minutes, the Explorers trailed by just six points, but Temple opened the second half with an 8-0 run, and that was pretty much it for La Salle.
Temple was up by 10, at 45-35, with 12 minutes, 2 seconds to go, and it was 61-44 with 4:17 showing on the clock.
Guard Rodney Green led the Explorers in scoring with 13 points. Forward Yves Mekongo had 11 points, as did 6-10 freshman center Aaric Murray, who hit double figures despite playing only five minutes of the first half after picking up two fouls.
"I think Temple was the better team from beginning to end," La Salle coach John Giannini said. "Once again, they had a great defensive game."
Notes. Former Temple coach John Chaney and La Salle's Speedy Morris were recognized at intermission for their induction into the Big Five Hall of Fame, which took place Friday at the Palestra. Former Villanova coach Rollie Massimino, who also went into the hall, had left town. . . . Like their counterparts around the country, Giannini and Dunphy wore sneakers in support of the American Cancer Society's suits and sneakers campaign, which was cosponsored by Coaches vs. Cancer and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.