PHILADELPHIA – James Bell scored 19 points to lead No. 9 Villanova to a 90-74 win over Temple on Saturday.
The win earned Villanova (19-2) a perfect 4-0 record in Big 5 play and its 22nd Big 5 championship in program history.
Temple (6-14), meanwhile, missed out on a share of the city title and an opportunity to upset a Top-10 team for the sixth consecutive season. The Owls have 11 of their last 13 games overall, dating back to Dec. 7.
The Wildcats took a five-point lead at the half and stretched it to as much as 24, at 64-40, with 10:17 to play. They outscored the Owls 28-9 in the first 10 minutes of the second half. While Bell led the way, nine different Wildcats scored at least four points.
Will Cummings scored 24 points to lead Temple.