ATHENS, Ga. -- Yante Maten's season-high 30 points and suffocating defense in the first half led Georgia to an 84-66 win over Temple on Friday.
Maten also had 12 rebounds for Georgia (9-2), which is off to its best start in Mark Fox's ninth season.
Freshman Nicolas Claxton came off the bench to score a career-high 14 points and William Jackson II scored 10.
Obi Enechionyia led Temple (7-4) with 27 points. Quinton Rose scored 13.
After Temple took an early 7-2 lead, the Owls went stone cold, missing 10 of their next 11 shots as Georgia went on a 17-2 run, grabbing a 19-9 lead with seven minutes to go in the half after a pair of Maten free throws.
A tip-in at the halftime horn by Claxton put Georgia up 42-23.
Temple shot 31 percent from the field and 43 percent from the free-throw line in the first half, while the Bulldogs shot 52 percent and 83, respectively. Georgia 25-11 rebounding advantage, while Maten had 15 points and seven rebounds, at the break.
Back-to-back jump hooks by Derek Ogbeide and Maten gave the Bulldogs a 46-23 in the opening minute of the second half. But the Bulldogs went nearly seven minutes without a field goal while Temple closed the gap to 54-40 as Enechionyia heated up from beyond the arc. He hit 7-of-9 3-pointers for the game.
Jackson ended the drought for Georgia with a 3-pointer, followed by a short jumper, stretching Georgia's lead to 62-43 with 9:11 remaining.
Three Owls fouled out -- Josh Brown, De'Vondre Perry and Ernest Aflakpui-- as they pressured the Bulldogs. Georgia shot 39 free throws, hitting 28.