KENT, Ohio – My look at some of the best and worst performances from Temple’s 80-66 victory over Kent State here Tuesday afternoon at the M.A.C. Center:
Best performance: Any person in his right mind knows Scootie Randall wins this by a landslide. Temple’s 6-foot-6 swingman flat out dominated Kent State. The fifth-year senior made a game-high five three-pointers while scoring a career-high 31 points in his first game back after redshirting last season. He also had a game-high four steals, four rebounds and two assists in 38 minutes.
Best performance in a losing effort: Kent State’ Kris Brewer gets this award after scoring 19 points. Twelve of those points came after intermission. The sophomore guard’s dunk even knotted the score 46-46 with 15 minutes, 58 seconds remaining. Brewer also finished with three steals, two rebounds and an assist.
Best performance by a reserve: This award goes to Owls reserve guard T.J. DiLeo, who was by far the grittiest player on the court. Efficient, the graduate student scored nine points on 3 of 4 shooting. He also had three assists, three rebounds and steal in 23 minutes.
Best defensive performance: How can you not give it Temple’s Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson? In addition to his three points, the 6-6 senior power forward had a game-high three blocked shots and three steals. He also helped to make Golden Flashes forwards Mark Henniger (two points on 1-for-2 shooting) and Darren Goodson (two points on 1-for-4) nonfactors.
Worst performance of the game: Goodson had more fouls (four) than points scored (two). At 6-5 and 245 pounds, the junior swingman was supposed to provide matchup problems. Instead, Goodson had a problem staying on the court. Due to foul trouble and ineffectiveness, the junior college transfer was limited to seven minutes of action.