DEKALB, Ill. - Juan Fernandez scored 26 points and Ryan Brooks added 19 for No. 18 Temple, which tuned up for a weekend game against No. 1 Kansas with a 70-60 victory over Northern Illinois tonight.
The Owls (11-2) never trailed in the first meeting between the programs. But the Huskies (2-8) made it competitive as they cut an 18-point first-half deficit to 35-33 early in the second half.
But Temple reasserted control by the midpoint of the second half with a 12-2 run that restored a double-digit lead at 47-35. Northern Illinois never got closer than nine points the rest of the way.
Fernandez was 4 of 7 from three-point range for the Owls, who host Kansas on Saturday at the Liacouras Center.