CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Obi Enechioniya had 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead Temple past Auburn and into the finals of the Charleston Classic with an 88-74 victory Friday.

The Owls (2-0) reached the championship game of this eight-team event for the second time. And they may get a rematch with Clemson, which defeated them here in 2008. Clemson faces Hofstra later in the other half of the winner's bracket.

Auburn will play the Hofstra-Clemson loser Sunday — the tournament takes a college football break Saturday — for third place.

Temple trailed the Tigers (2-1) on Jared Harper's basket with 10:17 to go. The Shizz Alston Jr. hit a 3-pointer to put the Owls back in front and Enchioniya gave them the lead for good with a pair of foul shots moments later. Auburn made one last charge when Mustapha Heron's 3 pulled the Tigers to 70-67. But Quinton Rose followed with a 3-pointer and Auburn never caught up.

Rose finished with 19 points off five 3-pointers. Alston had 18 points, 11 in the second half, for Temple.

Anfernee McLemore led Auburn with 19 points, but he also picked up a technical in his second straight game. His foul against Temple came from holding onto the rim for too long after a dunk and allowed Temple to quickly move back in front on Alston's two foul shots when McLemore had tied things at 48-all.

It was Enechioniya's first double-double of the season and fourth of his career.

THE TAKEAWAY

Auburn: When the Tigers show up cold from the outside, it could be a long game. Auburn hit just 3 of 18 3-pointers in the opening half and the Tigers were generally off target throughout the first 20 minutes. Mustapha Heron was 1 of 9 including 0 of 4 from behind the arc. DeSean Murray and Bryce Brown were each 1 of 7. The numbers improved some in the second half (5 of 15 from three), but Tigers will have to find a better balance if they hope to compete in the Southeastern Conference.

Temple: The Owls were continually caught flat-footed by Auburn's guards, who found ways to get to the basket early — even if the Tigers could not find the basket. Temple picked up its defense in the second half to pull away from the Tigers.

UP NEXT

Auburn will play the Clemson-Hofstra loser on Sunday for third place.

Temple will face either Clemson or Hofstra for the tournament championship Sunday night.

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