Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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

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" and "Worst" awards: Temple vs. Xavier

Temple´s Anthony Lee battles Xavier´s Jeff Robinson for a loose ball in the second half. (Al Behrman/AP)
Temple's Anthony Lee battles Xavier's Jeff Robinson for a loose ball in the second half. (Al Behrman/AP)

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.

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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.

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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.

Pompey is a native Philadelphian and a University of Pittsburgh graduate. Follow him on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers or reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com.

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