PHILADELPHIA -- In front of 40 family members and friends, Memphis coach Josh Pastner enjoyed his pseudo-homecoming.
Down four early in the second half, Pastner's Tigers used a 17-6 run lasting nearly seven minutes to finally pull away from Temple, 79-69 on Saturday, and successfully follow up their win at No. 12 Louisville on Thursday.
Memphis (12-3, 3-1 American) is only the second ranked team to win at Temple (5-9, 0-3) in the past six seasons. Then No. 1 Kansas topped the Owls in the 2009-10 season.
"It makes it easier to talk to them all out there after a win," said Pastner, whose father is from Philadelphia and mother from New Jersey. "My grandparents were here, aunts, uncles.
"I had 40 tickets today, and I bought 32 out of my own pocket. So I gave good business to [Temple]."
His team gave the Temple frontcourt more than it could handle.
Shaq Goodwin had 23 points and 11 rebounds as Memphis dominated Temple. The Tigers out-rebounded the Owls 45-28 and outscored them 42-26 in the paint. Memphis turned 16 offensive boards into 17 second-chance points. By comparison, Temple didn't have a single point of an offensive rebound.
Some of that resulted from Temple's big men getting into some early foul trouble. Three Owls forwards managed to pick up eight fouls in a 19 minutes in the first half. Anthony Lee picked up two fouls in 11 minutes, Mark Williams three fouls in five minutes and Devontae Watson three fouls in four minutes.
"I thought Shaq Goodwin was really good," Pastner said. "If I'm not mistaken, I think we've out-rebounded every opponent so far in league play, which has been good.
Despite that obvious disparity underneath, Memphis actually trailed Temple by one at halftime and by four early in the second.
In fact, The Owls led 49-48 with 13:46 to play but came undone after switching to a zone defense out of a timeout. After air-balling its first attempt against the zone, Memphis hit three quick threes to spark a 17-6 run and take a 10-point lead with 6:55 remaining. Michael Dixon, Jr. hit two in a row and Chris Crawford added the third.
"We tried zone the one time and we just didn't get out quick enough on two [shooters]," Temple coach Fran Dunphy said. "I thought we needed to change the look up. We were hoping we would be OK with it and obviously it didn't work.
"They made shots, but I thought our coverage could have been better. I'll have to watch the film and see how we kind of screwed that up a little bit. But they made big shots at that stretch and it hurt us."
That Temple managed to hang is a credit to the performances of Dalton Pepper and Quenton DeCosey. Pepper had 24 points as he and DeCosey both played the entire game, combining to 15 of 30 from the field and 7 for 13 from three.
"Dalton Pepper is a stud, Quenton DeCosey is a stud, and I think Will Cummings is really good," Pastner said. "I know [Cummings] is a little banged up from the game on Thursday but their perimeter players are really, really good."
Cummings, a junior guard and Temple's leading scorer, left the Owls' loss to USF Thursday night with concussion-like symptoms. He received clearance to play against Memphis shortly before the game on Saturday and scored 11 points with five assists and four turnovers in 29 minutes. Although Pastner was complimentary, Cummings summed up his performance as, "not good."
The loss keeps Temple, which has now dropped eight of its nine games this season by 10 points or fewer, winless in the American, while Memphis' win -- coupled with its victory over Louisville -- figures to have the Tigers moving up in the polls.
"This game was close. Towards the end, we hit a couple shots," Pastner said, "but we were very fortunate and grateful to get out of here with a win.
"It wasn't easy coming off a big win. First of all, [we had] a tough loss last Saturday to Cincinnati at home, and of course when that happens in Memphis, the Earth is flat. So we had three to four days to get it right. Thursday we had a very good win at Louisville against a great Louisville team ... and then to come back and bounce back and be able to get a win was important for us."