CINCINNATI – My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from Xavier’s 57-52 victory over Temple on Thursday at the Cintas Center:
Best performance: This was a tough one. But I gave it to Xavier’s Semaj Christon after the freshman point guard scored a game-high 16 points on 7-for-15 shooting. Ten of his points came in the first half. He also finished with two steals in 31 minutes.
Worst performance: This has to go Temple’s Khalif Wyatt. Four days after dominating sixth-ranked Kansas, the senior guard struggled mightily against the Musketeers. Wyatt was held to five points on 2-for-11 shooting. He was 0-for-5 on threes. The Norristown native was ineffective and became visibly frustrated with the officiating. Let’s just say that this was a game Wyatt wants to forget.
Best defensive performance: Xavier reserve guard Landen Amos gets this award after blocking a shot and helping to bottle-up Wyatt. The junior grabbed four rebounds – three defensive - in 22 minutes.
Best performance in a losing effort: Anthony Lee wins this award after producing team-highs of 15 points and seven rebounds. The redshirt sophomore post player also had a steal.
Worst statistic: You have to give this to the Owls' three-point shooting. Temple made just 4 of 20 three-pointers. Wyatt and Jake O'Brien were a combined 1 for 11.
Best statistic: This award goes to Xavier’s free throw percentage. The Musketeers made 8 of 10 fouls shots.
Worst of the Worst: This award goes to Temple’s bench. The Owls only got three points from their reserves. That came on O’Brien’s three-pointer. He finished 1-for-7 (1 for 6 on three-pointers) from the field. Dalton Pepper was the only other reserve with shot attempts. And he was 0 for 2.