Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson had 20 points and six assists as host Temple beat Towson 72-61 on Wednesday in a non-conference game. The Owls (7-1) of the Atlantic 10 Conference were coming off a loss on 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 to go, 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 remaining, 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, Md., had 10 points. Towson had just four assists and 19 turnovers and made just one of 14 3-point shots. The Tigers will play at home for the first time on 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. Notes: The 6-foot-8 Benimon was named the Colonial Athletic Association player of the week on Monday after he averaged 20 points and 13 rebounds in two road games last week. He had 11 points and 16 rebounds on Saturday in a loss against nationally ranked Georgetown, his former team ... Temple is one of five schools to take part in the last five NCAA Tournaments ... The CAA announced Wednesday that its tournament will move to 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore starting in 2014 after a run of 24 years in Richmond. Tom Yeager, the long-time commissioner of the CAA, said the other two finalist sites for the 2014 tourney were Richmond and Atlantic City. He also said the College of Charleston, which recently joined the CAA, was aware of the move to Baltimore and took part in meetings last week to finalize the deal. Towson head coach Pat Skerry, before heading to Philadelphia to face Temple, said downtown Baltimore and the Inner Harbor have more to offer to fans than downtown Richmond. "Baltimore's renowned attractions will captivate our fans during tournament weekend and the electricity of championship college basketball will bring tremendous excitement to the area," Yeager said in a statement.
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