#25 Temple Leads #8 Villanova 40-39 at the Half

Yet another Big 5 classic is potentially brewing at the Pavilion tonight as the Owls hold a one point lead over the Wildcats with 20 minutes to go.

Ramone Moore leads all scorers with 13 points on 4 of 6 shooting, including 3 of 4 from beyond the arc. He also grabbed five rebounds and blocked two shots, including a Corey Fisher breakaway layup early in the game.

Juan Fernandez picked up where he left off last year against Villanova as he is shooting a perfect 3 for 3 for the game with two three pointers. He also has four rebounds and four assists.

The Owls shot 12 of 21 (57.1 percent) in the first half but are struggling a bit from the free throw line (10 of 15; 66.7 percent).

Corey Stokes leads the Wildcats with 11 points, including a buzzer beater that brought Nova within one to close out the half. 

Maalik Wayns has nine points on 4 of 7 shooting and is the only Nova starter that does not have two personal fouls.

Villanova shot 13 of 32 (40.6 percent) in the first half and connected on 11 of their 12 foul shots.

The Wildcats only committed two turnovers to Temple's eight.

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