PHILADELPHIA -- Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson scored a career-high 20 points to lead Temple to a 72-61 victory over Towson Wednesday night.
The Owls (7-1), who were 6-0 before a 90-67 loss to Duke Saturday, recovered at Towson's expense. Temple led by 11 points before taking a 32-26 halftime lead. Hollis-Jefferson scored 10 of his points in that first half.
Towson (4-6) got a superb performance from Jerrelle Benimon, who posted a 30-point, 18-rebound double-double on 14-for-22 shooting. He scored 15 points in the first half, but was 0 for 7 on 3-point attempts. Benimon added 15 more points in the second half.
Hollis-Jefferson had six rebounds, six assists and three steals. Temple's Scootie Randall had a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Marcus Damas (11 points) was the only other Towson player in double figures. While Temple was 4 for 17 on 3-pointers, Towson shot just 1 for 14.
Authorities say former Michigan State basketball player Keith Appling has been charged with carrying a concealed weapon and other crimes.
Point guard Jaylen Fisher, who reopened his recruitment after coaching changes at UNLV, has committed to TCU over a long list of schools.
Forward Kennedy Meeks, who has averaged 9.4 points and 6.5 rebounds at North Carolina, has pulled out of the NBA draft and will return to the Tar Heels.