The Temple Owls proved they were a legitimate threat when they defeated No. 4 Duke to open up 2012, and on Wednesday in St. Louis, they proved they were too much to handle for an improving Billikens team. Temple dropped St. Louis 72-67 to improve to 11-4. St. Louis falls to 13-4 and 1-2 in the Atlantic-10 with the loss. The win was Temple's fifth in their last six games.
St. Louis fell for the third time in four games because of a rough shooting night. The Billikens were 26-of-62 from the floor, good for just a 41 percent shooting percentage. Guard Kwamin Mitchell led the way for St. Louis, scoring 16 points on 6-of-16 shooting. Chicago native Dwayne Evans added 14 points and eight rebounds on 6-of-10 shooting. Guard Jardair Jett received 25 minutes off the bench, scoring 12 points.