La Salle 77, Temple 72

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PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Darnell Harris scored 19 of his team-high 24 points in the second half to lead La Salle to a 77-72 win over city rival Temple on Wednesday night.

Kimmani Barrett scored 19 and Paul Johnson added 13 for the Explorers (10-16, 3-9 Atlantic 10), who used a 9-2 run late in the game to snap a five-game losing streak.

Mark Tyndale tied a career high with 27 points for the Owls (11-13, 5-6). Dionte Christmas, the Atlantic 10’s leading scorer, added 16 points for Temple but fouled out with 1:37 remaining. Dion Dacons and Dustin Salisbery each had 10 points for the Owls.

The Explorers and the Owls exchanged the lead eight times in the second half before Rodney Green’s pull-up jumper with 3:25 remaining gave La Salle a 67-66 lead, one they would not relinquish.

The Owls outscored La Salle in the paint 38-22, but only connected on 6-of-28 3-point attempts.

The Explorers, who shot 44 percent from the field, led 39-36 at halftime.

Temple scored seven of the first nine points of the second half to take a 43-41 lead. Harris hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give La Salle a 47-43 lead with 16:49 remaining.

The Owls beat the Explorers by 22 points only 10 days ago.

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12-21,  27 Pts
10 Rebs, 5 Assists
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