Temple coach Fran Dunphy came into the season wondering which of his players would step up and fill the massive void left by the departure of five seniors.
On Saturday he started getting some answers as the Owls opened the season at the Palestra with a 78-73 victory over Penn (0-1).
"I thought we did a really good job for a large part of the game," Dunphy said. "We got ourselves in a little bit of trouble late in the game, but I think what saved us was our offensive rebounding."
Dalton Pepper led the Owls with a career-best 19 points. Pepper, who also pulled down a career-high nine rebounds, connected on 6 of 13 field goals. He went 3 for 6 from behind the three-point line, where Temple was just 6 for 24. Teammate Will Cummings finished with 18 points, also a career high.