PHILADELPHIA -- Lavoy Allen scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in leading Temple to a 68-62 victory over Rhode Island on Sunday.
The Owls led 48-30 five minutes into the second half, but Cothran helped rally the Rams to within 64-57 with 3:17 left to play. Rhode Island closed to 66-60 on a 3-point shot by Lamonte Ulmer with 1:36 to go, but Christmas hit two free throws at 0:19 to end the threat.
Baron, hampered by a sore back, played only 26 minutes, but connected on 5 of 6 shots in the game.
DeAndre Ayton, No. 1 in the Class of 2017, and a few other top names took center stage at Nike EYBL Session 4.
Freshman Malik Newman will transfer from Mississippi State after averaging 11.3 points per game last season.
Illinois, led by Malcolm Hill, Leron Black and Mike Thorne, looks to return to the NCAA tourney after missing it for three consecutive seasons.