'Best' and 'Worst' awards: Temple vs. Wagner

Khalif Wyatt scored a season-best 26 points. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

My look at some of the best and worst performances from Temple’s 70-62 victory over Wagner on Saturday at the Liacouras Center:

Best performance: Khalif Wyatt wins this by a landslide. Temple’s 6-foot-4 guard flat out dominated. Shooting 9 for 16, the senior scored a season-best 26 points. He scored seven of the Owls' final 12 points. Wyatt made 3 of 5 three-pointers and had three assists and a steal in 34 minutes.

Best performance in a losing effort: Wagner’s Kenneth Ortiz gets this award after scoring 15 points. Ten of his points came after intermission on 4 of 7 shooting. At one stretch, Ortiz appeared capable of personally mounting a comeback. In addition to his 15 points, the junior guard was 5 for 5 from the foul line. He also finished with a game-high five assists, seven rebounds, three assists and two turnovers.

Best performance by a reserve: This award goes to Seahawks backup forward Mario Moody. The 6-7 sophomore finished with nine points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Moody also had a team-high three blocked shots and two steals in 22 minutes.

Worst performance: Wagner’s Marcus Burton scored a season-low three points. The sophomore guard shot 1 of 8 from the field and missed both of his foul shots. He had as many fouls (3) as points.

Worst statistic by a winning team: The Owls were outrebounded, 42-30. Temple only had eight offensive rebounds to 15 by Wagner.