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Trailing by four at the half, Temple started the final 20 minutes on an 18-2 run and didn't allow a Wildcat field goal until after 10 minutes had elapsed after the break.
"We didn't do a good job on offense in the first half, and obviously we didn't do a good job on defense either because they shot 51 percent," said Temple coach Fran Dunphy. "Our shot selection wasn't very good, and that led to some easy baskets for them.
"I give a lot of credit to the veteran guys who knew how important this game was for us and stepped up in the second half. I got on (seniors Scootie Randall and Khalif Wyatt) because they didn't have good shot selection in the first half, but they told me to be quiet, they had it covered and I listened."
Villanova (4-4) got as close as seven at 54-47 with just under seven minutes to play, but the Owls went on an 8-2 run to put the lead back into double digits and never were threatened again.
"This is a big win, we haven't had a win here (at the Pavilion) since 1990," said center Anthony Lee. "We turned the tables around and weren't intimidated and showed we could get wins in this arena."
Temple continues to fill up the three-point stat sheet, taking 27 from beyond the arc, including 17 in the first half, and hit 10 overall. But they also had 18 assists to 10 turnovers, compared to nine to 20 for the Wildcats.
"They've got five seniors, two guys who have been there five years," said Villanova coach Jay Wright. "You have to pay your dues, you don't just win and those guys have gone through games like this."
Randall led the way with 21 points, including two big threes early in the second half that gave the Owls a nine-point lead. He was 5-of-9 from beyond the arc, continuing his strong play in his comeback season.
Lee, who shaved TU into the side of his head, scored 16 points, while Wyatt shook off a slow start to score 13 and dish out four assists. Rhalir Hollis-Jefferson added seven assists.
"I got the new look last night, Temple University proud," said Lee. "It's kind of funny because I thought Coach Dunphy would say something, but he just left me alone. I think if I played bad, he might have said something."
The Big Five victory adds a little luster to Saturday's matchup in North Jersey against No. 2 Duke, pairing two undefeated teams.
"This is another step in our progression as a team, for the first five games we got wins but did not play our best basketball," said Dunphy. "I'd like to think the second half put us in pretty good position. Now we have to get ready for a great basketball team and program on Saturday. It will be a great opportunity for us, a great challenge with how good they are."
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