The Owls, ahead 56-54, had three chances to go up by four with 30 seconds left but couldn't get a put-back to fall. Temple then missed a contested shot to tie with 11 seconds left and Josh Brown grabbed the defensive rebound and was fouled. He made two free throws with 9 seconds left, making Khalid Lewis' 3-pointer at the buzzer meaningless.
Temple (5-3) led 35-29 at the half but the second half was tight throughout. La Salle was within 56-54 when Steve Zack made a pair of free throws with 2:03 left and the Explorers (4-4) had two possessions to tie or take the lead but missed before Brown's clutch free throws.