Archive: December, 2012
NEW YORK – My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from Temple’s 83-79 victory over third-ranked Syracuse on Saturday at Madison Square Garden:
Best performance: Any person if his right mind knows Khalif Wyatt is the runaway winner of this award. The Temple shooting guard snapped out of a slump by scoring a career-high 33 points. Twenty of the 6-foot-4 senior’s points came before intermission. Wyatt also went a perfect 15 for 15 from the foul line while finishing with four assists and three rebounds.
Worst performance: This has to go to Syracuse’s Michael Carter-Williams. The sophomore point guard struggled from the field, shooting 3 for 17 overall and 0 for 5 on three-pointers. He finished with a misleading 13 points to go with a game-high six assists. Carter-Williams also had a game-high three turnovers.
Temple linebacker Tyler Matakevich was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference Defensive Rookie of the Year for the Football Bowl Subdivision.
Owls tailback Montel Harris and punter Brandon McManus joined the freshman on the ECAC all-star team.
Matakevich finished the season with 101 tackles to before the first freshman in school history to record 100 or more tackles. He also had three tackles for a loss, three pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble.
My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from Canisius’ 72-62 victory over Temple on Wednesday at the Liacouras Center:
Best performance: Billy Baron didn’t look like someone still trying to mesh with his Canisius’ teammates. The point guard, who transferred from Rhode Island in the offseason, finished with game highs of 19 points and five assists. Thirteen of the 6-foot-1 junior’s point came after intermission. His jumper with 4 minutes, 12 seconds left gave the Golden Griffins the lead for good at 59-58.
Worst performance: This has to go to Temple’s Scootie Randall. The fifth-year senior swingman had a rough night, going 1 for 12 on three-pointers. He finished with seven points on 3-for-16 shooting overall. At times, Randall looked a little reluctant before shooting the ball.
Video: Temple suffered a 72-62 loss to Casinius due to their struggles shooting from the outside. The Inquirer's Keith Pompey reports from the Liacouras Center.
Ramone Moore, a former Temple guard, was acquired Wednesday by the Springfield Armor of the NBA Development League.
The 23-year-old will make his NBDL debut on Friday against the Erie BayHawks.
He joins the Armor after playing one game with Hapoel Tel-Aviv of the Winner League in Israel. Before his brief stint in Israel, the South Philadelphia native played six games for Angelico Biella in the Italian SerieA.
Temple basketball coach Fran Dunphy didn’t appear too concerned about the future of the Big East in light of the decision of the seven Catholic universities to leave.
While it will impact the quality of the conference itself, Dunphy said he felt good about where Temple is positioned no matter what happens.
The Owls’ non-football teams are scheduled to officially leave the Atlantic Ten for the Big East on July 1. The Temple football team just completed its first season back in the Big East after being kicked out following the 2004 season. The Owls were a football-only member of the Mid-American Conference from 2007-11.
Jahad Thomas, a senior running back at Elizabeth High School (NJ), gave an oral commitment Tuesday night to play football at Temple.
The 5-foot-9, 175-pounder will join Elizabeth quarterback and close friend P.J. Walker in the Owls' 2013 recruiting class. Thomas and Walker both took official visits to North Broad Street this past weekend.
According to NJ.com, Thomas carried the ball 63 times for 675 yards (10.7 yards per carry) and 13 touchdowns. He also had 14 receptions for 206 yards and four scores.
My look at some of the best and worst performances from Temple’s 63-46 victory over Alcorn State Monday at the Liacouras Center:
Best performance: Khalif Wyatt’s game-high 20 points makes him the easy pick to win this award. The Temple senior guard was stellar from the foul line, making 8 of 9 attempts. Wyatt also finished with four rebounds, two assists and two steals. His game wasn’t mistake free, committing a game-high five turnovers. However, the Norristown High product was still the best player on the floor in what was a sloppy game.
Worst performance: Alcorn State guard LeAntwan Luckett had more fouls (five) than points scored (two). The sophomore shot 0-for-8 from the field and had three turnovers in 21 minutes of action.