Quinton Rose scored 23 points, Josh Brown had 17 points and eight rebounds, and Temple never trailed in defeating East Carolina 90-73 on Wednesday night to win its fourth straight.
Shizz Alston Jr. added 14 points with seven assists, J.P. Moorman II had 11 points and 12 rebounds and Ernest Aflakpui and Nate Pierre-Louis scored 10 points apiece for the Owls (14-10, 6-6 American Athletic Conference).
ECU closed to 51-50 on Kentrell Barkley's back-to-back 3s, but Temple pulled away on a 12-0 run while the Pirates went scoreless for 4 minutes. The Owls led 73-63 on Damion Moore's dunk with 7:31 left.
Brown hit consecutive baskets for a 15-4 lead and Temple led by as many as 12 in the first half and was up 41-35 at halftime behind his 11 points.
Barkley scored 20 points with four 3s, Isaac Fleming had 17 points, Shawn Williams 13 and B.J. Tyson 12 for the Pirates (9-14, 3-9).
GREENVILLE, N.C. -- Logan Marchi threw for 321 yards for his first career 300-yard game and had two touchdowns passes to help Temple top East Carolina 34-10 on Saturday.
ECU led 3-0 after one quarter, but Temple (3-3, 1-2 American Athletic Conference) took over in the second, scoring 24 unanswered points. The Owls finished an eight-play, 91-yard drive with Marchi's 5-yard touchdown toss to Adonis Jennings to make it 10-3.
On the next possession, Temple's Delvon Randall intercepted a Thomas Sirk pass and returned to the ECU 34. Five plays later, David Hood (106 yards on 20 carries) carried it in from the 2. Following a three-and-out, ECU punted and a personal foul set up a short field. Another five-play drive culminated with Rob Ritrovato's 2-yard TD run and Temple led 23-3 at intermission.
East Carolina (1-5, 1-2) was led by Sirk, who finished 20 of 38 for 253 yards and an 11-yard touchdown pass to Quay Johnson in the third. Jimmy Williams had five catches for 110 yards.
HARTFORD, Conn. – Kentrell Barkley had career highs of 26 points and 16 rebounds to lead East Carolina to an 80-69 victory over Temple in the first round of the American Athletic Conference Tournament on Thursday.
Elijah Hughes added 17 points and Caleb White 11 for the ninth-seeded Pirates (15-17), who led wire-to-wire to advance to play top-seeded and No. 12-ranked SMU in a Friday quarterfinal. Barkley made three 3-pointers for ECU, which shot 51 percent overall and 48 percent from the arc (10 of 21).
Obi Enechionyia made four three-pointers and scored 20 points for the eighth-seeded Owls (16-16), who split their two regular-season games with the Pirates. Quinton Rose had 13 points and nine rebounds, while Shizz Alston Jr. added 11 points.
Deng Riak and Barkley hit three-pointers to start the game as ECU took a 36-29 halftime lead. The Owls got within one at 11:20 of the second half put the Pirates pulled away, a 15-5 run giving them a 15-point lead in the final minute.