NEW YORK – My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from Temple’s 74-55 victory over Fordham on Wednesday night at Rose Hill Gym:
Best performance: On the night when four of his teammates scored more points, Daniel Dingle was Temple’s best player. That’s because the seldom-used freshman came with 12 minutes, 28 seconds before intermission and provided an immediate spark. The 6-foot-6, 225-pound forward scored six of the first eight points in the decisive 22-4 run. Dingle finished with career highs in points (seven) and minutes played (17).
Worst performance: I gave this award to Fordham’s Chris Gaston even though he finished with 12 points – two below his scoring average. The senior power forward didn’t show any signs of being a preseason all-Atlantic Ten selection. Gaston made just 5 of 13 shots, had a game-high four turnovers and finished with his second-lowest rebounding total (three) of the season. The North Jersey native fouled out with 6:42 left.
Best defensive performance: This award goes to Scootie Randall. The Temple senior swingman finished with a game-high three steals. When he wasn’t stripping the ball, Randall’s presence had a lot of do with the Rams’ lackluster offensive performance (34.4 percent from the field.)
Best performance by a Ram: Jeffrey Short had to get this one. The redshirt freshman guard made a career- and game-high five three-pointers in his second start. He finished with a team-high 15 points..
Worst statistic: This goes to Fordham’s first-half shooting. The Rams made just 7 of 28 shots (25 percent) in the first 20 minutes.
Best statistic: This goes to Temple’s points in the paint. The Owls held a 40-26 edge in that category.
Best prediction: If Miss Cleo could really predict things like Michael Ettinger, the Psychic Readers Network would still be in business. Ettinger predicted on Twitter that Temple would win, 74-55.
Worst of the Worst: This had to go Fordham’s lack of fan base. The listed attendance for Wednesday’s game was 1,108 for the 3,200-seat gym. Temple had at least 45 percent of the fans in attendance. So much for showing support for the home team on Senior Night.
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