Monday, December 29, 2014

The Old Temple One-Two

Temple teammates are 1-2 in the Atlantic 10 scoring race.

The Old Temple One-Two

Temple seems headed to becoming the second Atlantic 10 team to have the conference's top two overall scoring leaders. The Owls were also the first team to do so, five seasons ago.

Ramone Moore (18.8 through Wednesday) has a comfortable lead and would have to stumble badly not to win the scoring crown. Temple's Khalif Wyatt (16.71) is in a battle with Fordham's Chris Gaston (16.70) and Xavier's Tu Holloway (16.61) for second place.

At the very least, Temple should become fifth A10 team to have the scoring leader and another player in the top 5. The previous four:

 Season  School  Pos.      Player  G  Pts.  Avg.
 2006-07  Temple  1st  Dionte Christmas      30     600     20.0  
     2nd  Mark Tyndale  24  465  19.4
             
 1987-88      Rhode Island      1st  Carlton Owens  35  762  21.8
     3rd  Tom Garrick  35  719  20.5
             
 2000-01  La Salle  1st  Rasual Butler  29  641  22.1
     3rd  Victor Thomas  29  571  19.7
             
 1992-93  Temple  1st  Aaron McKie  33  680  20.6
     5th  Eddie Jones  32  543  17.0
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