Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson had 20 points and six assists as host Temple beat Towson, 72-61, in a nonconference men's basketball game Wednesday night.
The Owls (7-1) of the Atlantic 10 Conference were coming off a loss Saturday to Duke.
Jerrelle Benimon had 30 points and 18 rebounds for Towson (4-6), which played the last of 10 straight road games to begin the season. Benimon had 15 points in the first half, and Hollis-Jefferson had 10 points and four assists at the break.
The Owls took a 47-37 lead with 14:16 left in the game on a 3-pointer by Jake O'Brien. A dunk by Hollis-Jefferson with 11:59 to go gave Temple a 51-39 advantage, and another basket by Hollis-Jefferson made it 53-39 with 10:35 to go.
A basket by Marcus Damas (10 points) of Towson cut the lead to 55-45 with 7:57 remaining, but Hollis-Jefferson scored again to give Temple a 57-45 lead with 7:24 left. Randall Scootie of the Owls made the score 64-49 with 4:41 to play, and Temple breezed to the win.
Temple led 20-11 midway through the first half before Towson cut the lead to 25-21 with 3:35 left. But Temple led 32-26 at halftime as the Tigers missed their first eight shots from 3-point range.
Temple's Anthony Lee, who is from Columbia, had 10 points. Towson had four assists and 19 turnovers and made just one of 14 3-point shots.
The Tigers will play at home for the first time Saturday against North Dakota State. Temple hosts Alcorn State on Monday.
Temple leads the series, 3-0, against the school from suburban Baltimore. The previous meeting was in 2007.
Bowie State 73, University of District of Columbia 71: Najee White's putback with two-tenths of a second left in the game lifted the visiting Bulldogs (4-5) over the Firebirds ( 1-7).
Byron Westmorland scored a game-high 23 points, and White and Dameatric Scott each added 16 points for Bowie.
The first 16 minutes saw 11 lead changes and one tie before Bowie started a run. After the Firebirds took a 30-29 lead on Ziad Ashmawy's layup at the 4:06 mark, Bowie State went on a 16-0 run to pull ahead, 45-30 with 43 seconds to go in the first half. A layup by UDC's Keith Brooks just before the buzzer made it a 45-32 score at halftime.
The Bulldogs started out strong in the second half as White converted a layup and then a dunk in back-to-back possessions to help Bowie State take its largest lead of the night, 49-32 at the 19:14 mark. But the Firebirds would not go away.
UDC went on a 19-4 run over the next 4:55 and trailed by 53-51 with just over 14 minutes left in the game. Bowie answered with an 8-0 run to push the lead back to 10 in one minute of play. The Firebirds battled back and took the lead, 71-69, with 1:50 left.
Bowie's Ray Gatling made two free throws to knot the score at 71 with 1:44 left and set up White's game-winning tip-in.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun