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"Best" and "Worst" awards: Temple-George Washington

WASHINGTON – My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from Temple’s 55-53 victory over George Washington on Wednesday at the Charles E. Smith Center:

"Best" and "Worst" awards: Temple-George Washington

Temple´s Khalif Wyatt looks to shoot after driving past Syracuse´s Brandon Triche, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Gotham Classic tournament at Madison Square Garden, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, in New York. (Jason Decrow/AP)
Temple's Khalif Wyatt looks to shoot after driving past Syracuse's Brandon Triche, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Gotham Classic tournament at Madison Square Garden, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, in New York. (Jason Decrow/AP)

WASHINGTON – My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from Temple’s 55-53 victory over George Washington on Wednesday at the Charles E. Smith Center: 

Best performance: This was a tough one. Make that an extremely tough one. But I had to give this to Khalif Wyatt despite his shooting  just 5-for-18 from the field, including 2 of 9 on three-pointers. The Temple guard did, however, lead his squad to victory. His layup with 4 minutes, 22 seconds left pulled the Owls within one point, 53-52. Then his foul shots with 2:03 remaining gave Temple its first lead, 54-53, and the lead for good. Wyatt finished with game highs of 18 points and three steals. He also had four assists, a blocked shot and a game-high four turnovers.

Worst performance: This has to go George Washington’s Kevin Larsen. The freshman forward missed all six of his field-goal attempts en route to scoring three points. The Denmark native played like the nonfactor despite being the largest player on the court at 6-foot-10, 264 pounds.

Best defensive performance: Even though Wyatt had three steals, this award goes to Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson. The Owls power forward had a game-high two blocked shots to go with two steals in a reserve role. Hollis-Jefferson also finished with seven points and seven rebounds – five on the defensive end – and an assist in 32 minutes.

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Best performance in a losing effort: Isaiah Armwood wins this award after producing 13 points and a game-high nine rebounds. The senior forward, who transferred from Villanova, was 5-for-8 from the field.

Worst statistic: You have to give this to the Owls' three-point shooting, once again. Temple made just 4 of 17 three-pointers.

Best statistic: This award goes to the Colonials’ bench points. George Washington’s reserves outscored Temple’s 24-12. Reserve forward Dwayne Smith and reserve guard Bryan Bynes scored nine points apiece.

Worst of the Worst:  This award goes to the Colonials’ performance in the final 7:52. George Washington was held scoreless during that stretch. The Colonials missed their final 10 shots – most near the basket. They also were 0 for 3 from the foul line.

About this blog
Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering the Temple basketball and football for the previous three years. Pompey also previously covered the Penn and Drexel men’s basketball team and Villanova football team after initially focusing on high school sports.

Pompey is a native Philadelphian and a University of Pittsburgh graduate. Follow him on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers or reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com.

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