My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from Duquesne’s 84-83 victory over Temple Thursday night at the Liacouras Center:
Best performance: Even in defeat, I had to give this award to Khalif Wyatt. The Temple guard had career highs of 35 points and six steals to go with a co-game-high six assists. Wyatt was 15-for-15 from the foul line. And the 6-foot-4 senior scored seven of the Owls’ final 12 points. His last three came on a three-point play with 7.4 seconds left to give Temple an 83-82 lead.
Worst performance: I couldn’t avoid giving this award to Jerry Jones. The Dukes forward missed all four of his shot attempts en route to being held scoreless. The junior, who came in averaging 8.4 points, also had more fouls (two) than rebounds (1).
Best defensive performance: Andre Marhold gets this award. The Duquesne center finished with a game-high three blocked shots to go with a steal. He also had 15 rebounds – 11 defensive – in 33 minutes.
Best performance by a Duke: Some could argue that Derrick Colter deserves this award since he made the game-winning foul shots with 2.9 seconds left. But I gave it to Quevyn Winters. The 6-4 freshman forward scored a career-high 22 points in his second start of the season. Winters made 8 of 9 shots – including 5-for-5 on three-pointers.
Worst statistic: Temple post player Anthony Lee attempted just one shot attempt. And that one shot came with 18 minutes, 4 seconds remaining. The Owls need to get the redshirt sophomore move involved if they expect to beat Massachusetts on Saturday. Lee is Temple’s best option next to Wyatt. However, the Owls guards don’t do a good job of feeding him the ball.
Best statistic: This award goes to Duquesne’s first-half shooting. The Dukes made 17 of 27 shots to shoot 63 percent before intermission.
Worst of the Worst: Temple’s losing Duquesne. Unless they drastically elevate their play, this loss probably destroyed the Owls’ chance to nab a NCAA tournament at-large bid. The Dukes are the worst team in the Atlantic Ten. They came into the contest with an 11-game losing streak.