PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Micheal Eric had 14 points and nine rebounds to lead five starters in double-digit scoring and No. 22 Temple beat Toledo 82-49 on Sunday.
The Owls (2-0) dominated from the opening tip and had little resistance from the undermanned and overwhelmed Rockets. The Owls had five starters scoring in double figures before the midway point of the second half in their first game against Toledo (0-2) since 1986.
Ramone Moore and Lavoy Allen each scored 12 points for Temple, Scootie Randall had 11 and Juan Fernandez 10.
Temple went on early 12-0 and 13-0 runs in a rare laugher among a loaded nonconference schedule. No. 1 Duke, No. 6 Villanova, No. 20 Georgetown and Maryland are all ahead for coach Fran Dunphy’s Owls.
The Rockets lost their second straight game to a ranked team, losing the opener to No. 13 Illinois, 84-45.
Toledo lost its 34th straight road game.
Moore was the Atlantic 10’s sixth man of the year last season and has quickly found his niche in the starting lineup. He led the Owls with 14 points in the season-opening win against Seton Hall and scored nine in the first half against Toledo. Moore’s been solid with his shot, 12 for 23 in the first two games.
Toledo’s Zack Leahy, who scored 15 points, hit his first two shots for a 4-2 lead. Temple took over from there.
Randall hit a 3 for the lead and, after one more basket by Leahy, the Owls started a 12-0 run that put the game away. Randall and Moore hit 3s during the run, and Eric scored consecutive baskets to deflate the Rockets.
The Owls kept pestering Toledo and capitalized off nine first-half turnovers. Fernandez picked off a pass in the lane and fed to Moore for a nice bucket in transition and a 38-13 lead. That capped the 13-0 run and helped the Owls lead 40-16 at halftime.
Moore opened the second half with a 3 and Randall wowed the crowd with a thunderous dunk that made it 45-18.
About the only suspense from there was when Temple was going to empty the bench.
Jake Godino, who earned a roster spot last season as a walk-on, scored his first career points on a 3-pointer with 2:44 left that drew a roar from the crowd. He’ll have time to savor the points — Temple won’t play again until Nov. 25.
Dunphy had to be pleased the Owls never got sloppy even as the game turned into a rout. The Owls had only six turnovers and 26 assists on 36 field goals, the kind of numbers they’ll need to knock off those future Top 25 opponents.
Toledo kept playing hard and shot 50 percent in the second half.
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