He made sure his last game against the Owls wouldn't go down the same road.
After Pepper had a steal and a dunk to cut Texas Southern's lead to 83-82 with just over one minute remaining, Murray split a double-team and scored inside to put the Tigers back up three.
Following a Temple turnover on the other end, D'Angelo Scott made one free throw and Murray rebounded his second miss to score a putback basket to give the Tigers an 88-82 lead with 47 seconds left.
But spurred by a Will Cummings three-pointer and a Daniel Dingle putback, the Owls scored the next seven points to take the lead with 15.6 seconds left.
The Tigers stormed out of the gates to start the second half, going on an 18-7 run to take a 63-49 lead with 14:34 left.
Murray hit a transition layup to give Texas Southern a 69-56 lead with 12:27 left and buried a three-pointer that hit the front rim before swishing through to put the Tigers ahead 72-62 with 10 minutes remaining.
Texas Southern, the defending SWAC regular-season champs and the preseason favorite to win this year's league title, jumped out to a 16-8 lead and led for most of the first half against its American Athletic Conference hosts.
Temple, which had been idle for the past 11 days, used a buzzer-beater from Pepper to slice Texas Southern's lead to 45-42 at halftime. Both teams shot over 60 percent in the first half.
Wednesday's game marked the first-ever meeting between the two programs.