Mark Karcher scored 18 points and Pepe Sanchez keyed a stifling defense before leaving with an injury as sixth-ranked Temple opened its season by beating Miami (Ohio), 60-47, yesterday in Philadelphia.
After struggling with its shooting in the first half, Temple took control with an 18-4 run to open the second half, capped by five straight points from Lynn Greer.
Sanchez was in midseason form, leading the Owls' matchup zone with seven steals before falling to the floor in pain with 15 seconds left, grabbing his right leg. He was helped off the court.
Sanchez did break the school career record for steals. It had been held by Mark Macon, who had 281 from 1987 to 1991.
Anthony Taylor had 16 points to lead the RedHawks, playing their first game since Wally Szczerbiak graduated. Szczerbiak, now with the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves, led Miami last season to the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament.
Temple made 11 of 32 shots in the first half and led by only 28-26. But the Owls took control in the second half behind the leadership of Sanchez, better shooting and tough defense.
AUBURN 100, ARK.-PINE BLUFF 44: Mamadou N'diaye had career highs of 21 points and 18 rebounds and Chris Porter scored 20 points for the No. 3 Tigers at home.
Porter spent much of his summer attempting 350 three-pointers a day to improve his outside shooting. N'diaye went to a camp for centers to work on a little bit of everything.
The results were evident early against the Golden Lions (1-2).
Porter, a preseason all-American, was 4 for 13 for 10 points in Auburn's season-opening win over UAB, but yesterday he was 8 for 15 and had 11 rebounds.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff Coach Harold Blevins said he noticed the change in N'diaye, a 7-foot center, who played against the Lions three years ago.
"Three years later, the way he's playing, he's going to make some money playing basketball," Blevins said. "He's really improved dramatically."
GONZAGA 76, MONTANA 61: In Missoula, Mont., Casey Calvary scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half to lead the No. 25 Bulldogs in the season opener for both teams.
IOWA 95, E. ILLINOIS 79: Jacob Jaacks scored 29 points and Dean Oliver added 27--both career highs--to help the No. 22 Hawkeyes win at home. Jaacks and Oliver combined to score 19 of the last 25 points for the Hawkeyes (2-1). Eastern Illinois is 0-1.