Just as he did four days ago, sophomore guard Aaron Brown came off the bench to give Temple a big lift. This time, he scored a game-high 19 points to help the Owls win at Toledo, 77-58, Wednesday night.
In improving to 5-2 overall before Saturday's Big 5 matchup against Villanova at the Liacouras Center, Temple got 13 points from Juan Fernandez, 11 from Khalif Wyatt and nine apiece from forwards Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson and Anthony Lee. A 6-9 redshirt freshman, Lee also had nine rebounds and four blocked shots.
Wyatt came off the bench because he was late for a team film session, so freshman Will Cummings made his college basketball debut and started in Wyatt's place. In 21 minutes, Cummings scored six points on a pair of three-pointers and five rebounds.
Temple saw an 18-point first half lead get cut to six on two different occasions before a Brown three staked the Owls to a 36-27 halftime lead. A Dominique Buckley trey got Toledo within five at 36-31 less than two minutes into the second half, but the Rockets never got any closer. Fernandez answered that basket with a jumper, and he later hit a three with 3:52 left to play to give Temple its largest lead of the game at 73-50.
The Owls won despite committing 14 turnovers in the first half and 22 overall.