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.
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.