Saturday, September 5, 2015

"Best" and "Worst" awards: Temple vs. Alcorn State

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" and "Worst" awards: Temple vs. Alcorn State

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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.

Best performance in a losing effort: Alcorn State reserve center Josh Nicholas gets this award after scoring 12 points. The 7-foot junior made 5 of 5 shot attempts to go with seven rebounds and two blocks in 22 minutes.

Best performance by a Temple reserve: This award goes to Owls center DeVontae Watson. The freshman finished with four points, four rebounds and three blocked shots in six minutes. The Ambridge native looked lost on a few defensive possessions. However, he did show flashes of someone who will become a great player at Temple.

Worst statistic: Both teams combined to commit 33 turnovers in what – at times – was a hard to watch contest. The Braves committed 18 turnovers, while Temple had 15.

Best defensive performance: How can you not give it Temple’s Jake O’Brien? In addition to his 10 points, the Boston University post player had three blocked shots and three steals in his first start of the season.

Inquirer Staff Writer
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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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