No. 23 Temple beats Fordham 80-60

JIM O'CONNELL AP Basketball Writer Published:

NEW YORK (AP) -- Juan Fernandez scored 19 points, backcourt mate Ramone Moore added 16 and No. 23 Temple beat Fordham 80-60 on Saturday to win the outright Atlantic 10 regular-season title for the first time since 1989-90.

The Owls (24-6, 13-3) had clinched at least a share of their conference-record 10th title with a win over Massachusetts on Wednesday. The Owls, who have won 13 of their last 14 games, will be the No. 1 seed for the Atlantic 10 tournament.

Chris Gaston had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Rams (10-19, 3-13), who ended the season losing seven of eight. Only the top 12 teams in the 14-team Atlantic 10 qualify for the postseason tournament.

Fernandez finished 6 of 11 from the field, including 3 of 5 on 3s, and Moore was 7 of 13, including 1 for 3 from beyond the arc. The Owls finished 6 of 13 on 3s, while Fordham was 2 of 9.

Both teams shot better than 50 percent from the field -- Temple 52.5 percent (31 of 59) and Fordham 54.2 percent (26 of 48).

Fordham closed to 57-49 with 10:49 left on a rebound basket by Kervin Bristol. But Temple finally pulled away with a 14-2 run that made it 80-57 with 1:31 to go. Fernandez had his third 3-pointer of the game and a jumper before Aaron Brown capped the run with a 3-pointer.

Temple finished with 12 steals, five more than it averages for the season, and they were part of Fordham's 16 turnovers.

This was Temple's sixth straight win over Fordham and extended its record in the series to 40-13. The Owls won 78-60 in Philadelphia on Feb. 1.

Temple opened the game with a 9-0 run and the Owls had the lead to 25-13 with 9:42 left on two free throws by Aaron Brown. The Rams used a 7-0 run to get within four with 1:27 to go but Temple closed the half on a 6-0 run for a 40-30 lead.