PHILADELPHIA (AP) — When Temple's double-digit lead nearly collapsed, the Owls had their choice of standout guards to bail them out.
All three of Temple's Terrific Trio delivered.
Khalif Wyatt, Ramone Moore and Juan Fernandez hit three straight 3-pointers to stretch the lead late in the game and lift the Owls to a 73-60 win over Maryland on Saturday.
Wyatt and Moore each scored 20 points and Fernandez added 14 for the Owls (13-5), who won for the seventh time in nine games.
Temple's 12-point lead was on the brink of completely being wiped out when the trio, who have hit so many big shots for the Owls through the years, gave them needed breathing room. Wyatt gave Temple a four-point lead, Moore pushed it to seven and Fernandez made it 66-59 with 4:21 remaining.
"We try to be as unselfish as we can. These are three guys to do a pretty good job of it," coach Fran Dunphy said. "They all want to score and we all need them to score. But they all like to give it up, as well. That's part of why we're difficult to guard."
The Owls, out of the Atlantic 10, improved to 2-0 vs. the ACC this season, following their signature win over then-No. 5 Duke.
The famed Palestra, the old gym that sits on Penn's campus, was packed with 8,722 fans roaring on every bucket. Maryland had a strong turnout and the Terrapins (12-6) gave their fans that made the drive on I-95 in freezing rain showers and snow a show in the second half.
It was just too late.
Moore and Wyatt opened the second half with consecutive 3-pointers to spark an 8-0 run and build that double-digit lead. But the Owls, who shot 56 percent in the second half, missed a bunch of easy looks at once midway through and Maryland pounced. Terrell Stoglin made a string of big buckets in the second half to rally the Terrapins, including a jumper with 5:26 left that cut the score to 57-56.
Stoglin interrupted Temple's 3-point fun with one of his own that made it 63-59. But that was their final field goal and the Terrapins scored only one point in the final 3 minutes.
Pe'Shon Howard scored 15 points and Maryland lost its second straight game.
"I was proud of my team. We actually looked like a team today," coach Mark Turgeon said. "They just had three kids out there that just took over the game when they had to take over."
Wyatt, Fernandez and Moore combined to shoot 20 of 40 from the floor and 7 of 8 from the free-throw line. Led by Fernandez's 3-for-3 effort, the trio sank seven of Temple's nine 3s. They kept their cool when Maryland kept coming at them.
"We've been in plenty of tough situations throughout the past year and it was something we were accustomed to," Moore said.
The Terrapins lost center Alex Len to an ankle injury in the first half. Maryland could not recover from 16 turnovers, missed 12 of 16 3-point attempts, and made only 12 of 21 free throws.
Wyatt added seven assists, and Aaron Brown had 12 points and eight rebounds.
The Owls got a huge boost when forward Micheal Eric returned after missing the last 13 games with a right patella injury. He had 10.5 rebounds and a team-best 11.3 rebounds when he was hurt in a late November practice. Dunphy eased Eric back in with a 7-minute game.
Eric, who didn't score or rebound, received a huge ovation from the appreciative crowd when he checked into the game.
"That means a lot for our team," Wyatt said. "He's 6-11, strong, experienced. It's good to have him back."
Once the big man gets healthy, look out. The Owls could again be a threat to win some games in the NCAA tournament.
The Owls just hope they can follow this performance with a win Wednesday at Charlotte. After beating Duke, the Owls lost to Dayton.
"We've got to improve each game," Moore said. "In the past, we'd get a great win, then we'd go and lose. That's something we've got to work on."
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