Ryan Brooks hit seven 3-pointers and scored a career-high 29 points to lead No. 19 Temple to a 76-64 victory over Massachusetts on Saturday.
Brooks became the 45th player in school history to score 1,000 points. He needed 14 entering the game and reached the milestone late in the first half when his fourth 3 of the game gave him exactly 1,000 and the Owls (15-3, 3-0 Atlantic 10) a 30-13 lead.
Temple led by as many as 22 points in its 11th win in the last 12 games. The Owls made 14 of 25 3-pointers. Brooks was two off Temple's single-game mark for 3s.
UMass (7-10, 1-3) got within 11 points at halftime only to see Brooks hit three 3-pointers on Temple's first four baskets of the second half that put the lead at 20.
Brooks was Fran Dunphy's first recruit when he took over for retired Hall of Fame coach John Chaney. The 6-foot-4 guard passed the career high of 24 he set in December and has scored 19 or more points in five of the last nine games.
Brooks set the 3-point-happy tone early when he scored one for the first basket of the game. His next one made it 8-2 and his third 24-9, giving the Owls the huge cushion they would need to hold off the charging Minutemen.
Temple forward Lavoy Allen, who averaged 11.2 points, was scoreless until he made two free throws with 8:13 left that extended the lead to double digits. Juan Fernandez, who scored 15 points, and Craig Williams followed with 3-pointers for a 66-53 lead that seemed to thwart UMass' second-half scare.
Not so fast. UMass attacked the basket, using driving layups and a tip-in to keep the deficit at nine at the 3-minute mark.
Terrell Vinson missed a 3-pointer for UMass that could have made it a two-possession game. Luis Guzman hit two free throws, the lead was back to double digits and the Owls hung on for their fourth straight win.
UMass called a 60-second timeout trailing by 12 with 3.8 seconds left, and heard howling jeers from the crowd.
Anthony Gurley scored 20 points for UMass.
Temple went 20 of 22 from the free-throw line; UMass 5 of 10.
Temple is enjoying its finest season since 2000-01 when it reached the NCAA tournament regional final under Chaney. Dunphy guided the Owls to the tournament each of the last two seasons, but they were bounced in the first round each time.
One A-10 unbeaten will fall Wednesday when Xavier (12-5, 4-0) visits Temple.