Ryan Brooks scored 19 points, Ramone Moore had 17 and No. 18 Temple won its sixth straight game, 63-39 over Bowling Green on Monday night.
The Owls (10-2) used runs of 13-0 in the first half and 10-0 in the second to break it open and win in their first game as a ranked team since 2001. The Owls turned back the clock and played their first game at former home McGonigle Hall since 1997. Tickets were $9, concession prices were sliced, and the Owls wore retro uniforms.
There's a more meaningful throwback going on with the Owls, back to the days when they were regulars in The Associated Press' college basketball poll and the NCAA tournament.
Coach Fran Dunphy's Owls already have a win over then-No. 3 Villanova, and undefeated No. 1 Kansas rolls into Philly on Saturday.
Dee Brown led the Falcons (5-5) with 10 points.
The Owls used the Dec. 13 win over Villanova to propel themselves into the Top 25 for the first time since 2001. They were ranked No. 16 in the 2001 preseason poll, dropped to 25th in the first regular-season rankings, then vanished from the rankings for eight years.
Temple is back and it wants to stay there.
Students were out on break so the Owls moved the game from the Liacouras Center to a half-block away at McGonigle where John Chaney long roamed the sideline. They packed the old gym, selling all 3,900 tickets and turned fans away. At their usual home, 4,000 would make for a dead environment. At McGonigle, the sellout crowd livened up an Owls' rout.
The Owls are in the poll and the football team plays Tuesday in their first bowl game in 30 years. It's a rare double-double of national success for two programs that had their share of down times this decade.
Bowling Green gamely made a run at the Owls early in the second half that trimmed a 19-point lead to 10. Craig Williams and Brooks nailed 3s on consecutive possessions to spark the 10-0 spurt that put this one away.
The Owls have used one of the top defenses in the country to return to national prominence. They held the Falcons to only 13 points by halftime, the fewest allowed in the first half by the Owls this season. Temple was holding opponents to a nation's best 54.1 points per game though the first 10 games, the lowest scoring average by Owl opponents since the shot clock was instituted.
The Owls limited a team to under 45 points for the third time during their winning streak.
The Falcons missed a whopping 20 of 24 shots in the first half and were doubled-up on the boards, 22-11. The Owls barely had to put a hand in their face as the Falcons rushed down and fired up errant shot after shot.
Juan Fernandez, who made so many clutch shots in the upset over the Wildcats, hit a 3 that sparked a 13-0 run in the first half. He scored 11 points and the Owls finished 10 of 23 from 3-point range.