Saturday, February 6, 2016

"Best" and "Worst" awards: Temple vs. Syracuse

NEW YORK – My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from Temple’s 83-79 victory over third-ranked Syracuse on Saturday at Madison Square Garden:

"Best" and "Worst" awards: Temple vs. Syracuse

Temple´s Khalif Wyatt (right) drives against Syracuse´s Michael Carter-Williams during the first half. (Jason DeCrow/AP)
Temple's Khalif Wyatt (right) drives against Syracuse's Michael Carter-Williams during the first half. (Jason DeCrow/AP)

NEW YORK – My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from Temple’s 83-79 victory over third-ranked Syracuse on Saturday at Madison Square Garden: 

Best performance: Any person if his right mind knows Khalif Wyatt is the runaway winner of this award. The Temple shooting guard snapped out of a slump by scoring a career-high 33 points. Twenty of the 6-foot-4 senior’s points came before intermission. Wyatt also went a perfect 15 for 15 from the foul line while finishing with four assists and three rebounds.

Worst performance: This has to go to Syracuse’s Michael Carter-Williams. The sophomore point guard struggled from the field, shooting 3 for 17 overall and 0 for 5 on three-pointers. He finished with a misleading 13 points to go with a game-high six assists. Carter-Williams also had a game-high three turnovers.

Best defensive performance: Temple’s Anthony Lee gets this award after blocking two shots. The 6-foot-9 center altered several other shots and held Syracuse forward Rakeem Christmas (Academy of the New Church product) to four points.

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Best performance in a losing effort: Syracuse forward C.J. Fair deserves this award after recording a team-high 25 points, grabbing seven rebounds and blocking a shot. The Baltimore native was extremely efficient, making 8 of 12 field goals and shooting 8 for 8 from the foul line.

Worst statistic: This award goes to the Orange’s free-throw shooting. Syracuse made just 19 of 34 foul shots. Take away Fair’s effort, the Orange were a miserable 11 for 26 from the foul line.

Best statistic: This award goes to Temple’s free-throw shooting.  The Owls made 29 of 36 free throws to shoot 80.6 percent from the foul line.

Best of the Best: The Madison Square Garden atmosphere. While it wasn’t a sellout, the 12,648 in attendance created an electric ambiance. It had the feel of an NCAA tournament game – not a nonconference tilt in December.

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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.

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