My look at some of the best and worst performances and moments from Temple’s 76-70 victory over La Salle Wednesday night at the Liacouras Center:
Best player of the game: Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson soared over the Explorers. Shooting 7 for 11 from the field, the Temple junior forward scored a career-high 19 points. He added seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks while playing the entire 40 minutes. Hollis-Jefferson had been a role player, who took an offensive backseat to the Owls guards earlier in the season. But Chester High graduate provided a reminder of how much he's improved on the offensive end.
Best bounce back game: Juan Fernandez had three nightmarish weeks. But on Wednesday, he showed glimpses of his former self. The Temple senior point guard finished with 12 points, a game-high five assists, five rebounds and three turnovers in 29 minutes. He was near perfect from the foul line, making 5 of 6. This game was a big improvement from scoring just two points in each of the Owls’ previous two games on a combined 2 for 19 shooting. On Wednesday, Fernandez looked nothing like a guy that combined to shoot 27 percent over the previous five games. Now, the key for him is consistency.
Worst moment: A few morons in La Salle’s student section chanted “Taco Bell” as Fernandez made a pair of foul shots with 2 minutes, 5 seconds left. Fernandez is from Argentina. The chant was classless, racist and ignorant. To his credit, Fernandez ignored the students. Prior to that, the students chanted ‘U-S-A’ whenever Fernandez touched the ball.