The 9-2 Temple men's basketball team, riding a five-game winning streak that includes victories over Villanova and Seton Hall, cracked the top 25 in the polls yesterday for the first time since November 2001.

Off to their best start since the 1993-94 team opened at 16-2, the Owls are ranked 21st in the Associated Press media poll and 25th in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll.

Senior cocaptain Ryan Brooks, named the Big Five player of the week yesterday, leads Temple with an average of 15.2 points per game.

Villanova (10-1) is eighth in both polls.

Kansas State 90, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 76 - Jacob Pullen had 18 points, and 12th-ranked Kansas State (11-1) responded to its highest ranking in 36 years with a victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff (0-10) in Manhattan, Kan.

Penn State 76, American 57 - Talor Battle scored 16 points, helping Penn State (8-4) rout American (2-10) and win for the third time in four games.

Elsewhere: Jeff Jones scored 11 points to lead Virginia past the New Jersey Tech, 68-37, in Charlottesville, Va. . . . Jamine Peterson had 25 points and 13 rebounds to help Providence rally past Yale, 87-78, in Providence, R.I. . . . Randy Culpepper scored a season high of 27 points as Texas-El Paso built a big lead in the first half and beat Oklahoma, 89-74, at the All-College Classic in Oklahoma City.


Drexel 67, Bucknell 54 -

Kamile Nacickaite scored a career high of 26 points to lead the Dragons (5-4) over Bucknell (2-8) at the Daskalakis Athletic Center.

Gabriela Marginean added 24 points for the Dragons. Joyce Novacek scored 17 to pace Bucknell.

Elsewhere: Penn State got 21 points from Tyra Grant in a 69-64 win over Oakland (Mich.) in State College. . . . Kim Vennera put up 31 points and Brittany Battinieri 20 as Delaware Valley registered a 81-64 win over host Immaculata. . . . A 16-1 first-half run propelled Holy Family to a 54-35 victory over Millersville at the Campus Center in Philadelphia.