TUSCALOOSA, Alabama (Ticker) -- Before starting final exams, No. 18 Alabama was able to pass a test on the court.
Earnest Shelton scored 14 of his 22 points in the second half as Alabama survived a late surge by Temple en route to a 75-71 victory.
After using a 9-0 run to close the first half to take a 41-32 lead, the Crimson Tide led by as many as 12 points midway through the second half.
But the Owls battled back, hitting three 3-pointers during a 15-5 run that reduced their deficit to 64-62 with just 4:55 remaining.
The Crimson Tide recaptured momentum by converting a technical foul on Mardy Collins into a five-point swing. Shelton made both free throws on the technical and Justin Jonus buried a 3-pointer from the corner on the ensuing possession, giving the Crimson Tide a 69-62 lead with 4:02 to play.
Shelton was 5-of-6 from the arc and Jonus added two 3-pointers for Alabama (8-1), which scored a season-low 75 points.
Jermareo Davidson had 16 points and 13 rebounds and Chuck Davis added 14 and 11 as the Crimson Tide held a 45-32 advantage on the boards.
Alabama's Kennedy Winston, who scored 75 points over his previous three games, was limited to just five on 2-of-8 shooting. He also committed five turnovers.
Ronald Steele added 12 points and seven rebounds while playing the entire 40 minutes for the Crimson Tide, who won their fourth straight game.
Mark Tyndale scored 22 points and Dustin Salisbery chipped in 16, including four of the season-high 12 3-pointers for Temple (3-4).
Collins added 17 points and six steals for the Owls, who scored 13 points off of 15 turnovers by Alabama.
On the strength of seven early points by Davis, the raced to a 24-13 lead less than 10 minutes into the contest.
But Tyndale scored eight points in the next 5:21, helping the Owls tied the contest at 32-32.