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Temple vs Kent State final score: Owls open season with win, 80-66

The Temple Owls defeated Kent State on Tuesday afternoon by a final score of 80-66.

Jamie Squire

The Temple Owls men's basketball team opened the 2012-13 regular season with a victory on Tuesday afternoon, defeating Kent State by a final score of 80-66.

Participating in ESPN's 24-hour tip-off marathon, the game started at noon, ET, from Memorial A&C Center in Kent, Ohio. After taking a 40-32 lead into the half, Temple came out in the second half and duplicated their performance registering another 40 points.

Scootie Randall registered a game-high 31 points for Temple and managed to tack on four rebounds, four steals and two assists in 38 minutes played (also a game-high). Forward Anthony Lee added an additional 16 points by shooting 6-of-8 from the field and registered eight rebounds.

Guard Khalif Wyatt contributed a game-high six assists and nine points in 17 minutes played, while T.J. DiLeo put up nine points, three rebounds and three assists off the bench.

Temple will return to action on Saturday night when they host Rice at the Liacouras Center.