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

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' and 'Worst' awards: Temple vs. Wagner

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

About this blog
Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He takes over the Sixers beat after covering the Temple men’s basketball team for the past three years and Temple football the past two seasons. 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 Reach Keith at

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