AMHERST, Mass. -- My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from Temple’s 83-82 victory over Massachusetts Saturday night at the Mullins Center:
Best performance: I’m tired of giving this award to Khalif Wyatt. Honestly, I am. But I just can’t see myself giving it to anyone else after he made six three-pointers and scored a game-high 24 points. That why the 6-foot-4 guard wins it for the fourth consecutive time. Seventeen of Wyatt’s points came after intermission. Not bad, considering he missed his first four shot attempts.
Worst performance: This was a tough one, because it was such a well-played game. However, I gave it to Raphiael Putney, because he couldn’t make a bucket. The 6-foot-9 forward missed both of his field-goal attempts en route scoring two points. That came two nights after he scored 19 in a loss at Virginia Commonwealth.
Best defensive performance: Cady Lalanne gets this award. The Minutemen’s reserve center finished with a game-high four blocked shots to go with a steal. He also had a game-high 12 rebounds – 10 defensive – in 33 minutes.
Worst defensive play: I had to give this to Anthony Lee’s lack of effort on a dunk. The Owls center didn’t even attempt to stop Maxie Esho’s dunk on the final play of the first half. I really respect Lee’s game. But that was bad.
Best performance by a Minuteman: Some could argue that Freddie Riley deserves this award for making five three-pointers en route to his team-high 17 points. But I had to give it to Chaz Williams. The 5-9 point guard finished with 16 points, a game-high 13 assists, six rebounds and a steal.
Worst statistic: Temple only scored six second-chance points. Yet, they gave up 17. Talk about a mismatch.
Best statistic: This award goes to UMass’s 42 points in the paint.
Worst of the Worst: Temple’s first-half defense against Lalanne. The 6-9, 250-pounder scored 14 first-half points on 7-for-9 shooting. He was unstoppable.
Best of the Best: Temple’s second-half defense against Lalanne. He was held scoreless after intermission when the Owls placed a defending in front of him. Lalanne was unable getting the ball. And when he did, he missed his two second-half shot attempts.