Temple led 34-21 with just over four minutes left in the first half, but Rice went on a 11-2 run to close within four at the break. Freshman forward Jarelle Reischer paced Rice's comeback with six points and three rebounds off the bench.
Senior guard Juan Fernandez leads Temple with 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting through 20 minutes. His third point put him over the 1,000 point mark for his career with the Owls. Sophomore guard Aaron Browns added 10 points off the bench.
Rice is being led by junior guard Tamir Jackson with seven points on 3-of-5 shooting.
Temple and Rice are even in rebounds, both with 14. Temple has hit 4-of-12 three-pointers and have nine assists on their 15 baskets. They turned it over six times and put the other Owls on the line eight times.