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.