The Owls (24-5, 12-2 Atlantic 10) wiped out a one-point halftime deficit with an 18-0 run to open the second half. Fernandez led the way, hitting four 3s during the game-changing run. He returned to the starting lineup for the first time since Feb. 3. He was coming off the bench because of concussion-like symptoms following a blow to the head on Jan. 23.
Temple also won the Big 5 title with its first 4-0 mark since 1987-88. Winning the city series means as much to the competing schools as a conference title. The Owls can win one of those, also. They are in first place in the A-10.