Tulsa (19-7, 12-2 American) now has won 14 of its last 16 games and is 11-3 at home. The Golden Hurricane is a half-game behind SMU (13-2) and plays the Mustangs March 8.
Tulsa led by four at the break, 26-22, but opened the second half on a 19-4 run over the first 12 minutes of the second half.
Temple (19-9, 10-5) got a jumper from Jaylen Bond almost a minute into the period and he added a layup four minutes later. Will Cummings ended the eight-minute drought with a pair of free throws with 6:52 left to make it 45-28.
Cummings finished with 15 points for the Owls, who were 14 of 57 from the field (24.6 percent) and just 1 of 14 from distance.