ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Shizz Alston Jr. hit three free throws in the final minute and Temple avoided being upset by a lower seed in the first round of the American Athletic Conference Tournament for the second year in a row, holding off Tulane 82-77 Thursday night.
Temple, the No. 7 seed, advances to face second-seeded Wichita State on Friday in the tourney quarterfinals.
Last year the eighth-seeded Owls were upset by No. 9 seed ECU.