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Temple runs past Miami (Ohio)

The Owls dominated early, posting their 3d straight win and best start since 1994-95.

OXFORD, Ohio - Lavoy Allen scored 15 points and Temple held Miami (Ohio) to six first-half field goals as the Owls rolled to a 64-42 victory over the RedHawks last night.

Temple (7-2), hit 11 three-pointers, a season high, en route to its third straight victory. This is the Owls' best start to a season since 1994-95, when they also went 7-2.

Luis Guzman, who finished with 12 points, hit four three-pointers as the Owls went on a 25-0 run that blew the game open in the first half.

"We got a real good effort out of Luis Guzman," Temple coach Fran Dunphy said. "He goes for four threes in the first and gave us the separation we needed. I thought everyone stepped up defensively. For us, it was a good defensive effort, but for us, it was also a good offensive night."

Miami (2-6) was 6 for 20 from the field (30 percent) in the first half. The Owls took a 36-16 lead into the break and cruised home from there.

"No question, there were a couple big plays when Miami could have made a run," Dunphy said. "Juan Fernandez made a big three on the wing and made a nice drive to the basket, and Craig Williams made two threes in the second. It was enough too keep the separation, and we withstood the run that Miami was attempting to make."

Fernandez finished with 10 points.

Nick Winbush had 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Kenny Hayes added 10 points for Miami.