PHILADELPHIA -- Former West Virginia University basketball player Aaric Murray had a record-breaking performance in his home city, scoring a career-high 48 points to lead Texas Southern to a last-second 90-89 upset win over Temple on Wednesday.
Madarious Gibbs hit two free throws with 6.4 seconds left to put Texas Southern on top, just nine seconds after Anthony Lee gave Temple its first lead of the game with a pair of free throws.
Dalton Pepper, also an erstwhile WVU hoops player, scored on a rebound putback just after time expired, and the visiting Tigers' bench erupted in celebration after the official review determined it came after the buzzer.
Murray, a Philadelphia native and former La Salle University standout, set the single-game high scoring mark for Division I basketball this season. Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky scored 43 Nov. 19.
Murray, who averaged 8.8 points for the Mountaineers last season, also set the all-time marks for points scored against Temple and points scored at the Liacouras Center, Temple's home arena which opened in 1997.
He shot 20 for 28 from the field and made some critical baskets down the stretch to help Texas Southern (4-7) win for just the second time in their last nine games.
Quinton DeCosey led Temple (4-5) with 19 points. Anthony Lee finished with 18 and Will Cummings had 16 for the Owls.
Playing for his third college, Murray came into Wednesday's game averaging 22.2 points per game, tied for 13th in the nation. The talented big man previously played two seasons for La Salle (2009-11) and one at West Virginia (2012-13) but ran into trouble with his coaches and the law, before opting to finish his college career as a graduate student under Mike Davis at Texas Southern.
Murray played five games against Temple during his time with La Salle, averaging 16.4 points per contest. All were losses.