Friday, December 26, 2014

'Best' and 'Worst' awards: Temple vs. Kent State

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' and 'Worst' awards: Temple vs. Kent State

(Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
(Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

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.

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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.

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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. Reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com.

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