Rashaan Dobbs had a game-high 22 points for the Tigers (3-9) with Trevor Shell adding 18 points and Elijah McFarland chipping in with another 15 points. After a slow start to the season Temple has now won three of their last four contests.
The Eagles (6-4) had four scorers reach double figures as Corey Loftin (21), Chris Blanchard (15), Nathan Bernhardt (11) and T.K. Tuggle (10) had at least 10 points in the loss.
Both teams will now turn to region play as MZ will host Darlington at 8:30 p.m. and the Tigers will take on Heard County at home at 7:30 p.m. tonight.
Mt. Zion girls 48, Temple 27: Led by the inside game the Lady Eagles (6-4) rang in the new year with a 21-point home win against Temple on Thursday night.
Alexis Jordan and Quavadis Kirk paced Mt. Zion with 16 and 15 points, respectively, while Jennifer Bagby added 13 points of her own.
The Lady Tigers (0-12) were led by Erica Scheerer's seven points and six points from Donique Channer.
Mt. Zion hosts Darlington at 7 p.m. while Temple welcomes Heard County at 6 p.m. tonight.