RICHMOND, Va. -- My look at some of the best and worst performances from Richmond’s 76-65 victory over Temple on Saturday night at the Robins Center:
Best player of the game: Any person in his right mind knows Derrick Williams wins this by a landslide. Richmond’s 6-foot-6, 275-pound forward flat out dominated the Owls post players. Shooting 7 for 12, the sophomore scored a career-tying 18 points while muscling his way to the basket. He also had a career-high 13 rebounds.
Best performance in a losing effort: Temple’s Khalif Wyatt gets this award after scoring a game-high 22 points. Sixteen of his points came after intermission on 5 of 8 shooting. At one stretch, Wyatt appeared capable of personally mounting a comeback. In addition to his 22 points, the junior guard was 6 for 6 from the foul line. He also finished with four rebounds, three assists, two steals, a blocked shot and two turnovers.
Best performance by a reserve: This award goes to Richmond backup guard Kendall Anthony, who was by far the smallest player on the court. The listed 5-8 freshman was a perfect 3 for 3 on three-pointers in the first half. He ended up making 4 of 7 and scoring 15 points in 28 minutes of action.
Best defensive performance: How can you not give it Richmond center Darrius Lindsay? In addition to his six points, the 6-9 junior had a game-high five blocked shots to go with 10 rebounds and a steal. Eight of his rebounds were defensive.
Worst performance of the game: Temple senior guard Juan Fernandez scored two points for the second consecutive game. The preseason all-Atlantic Ten selection missed his first nine shots en route to shooting 1 for 11. Three of his shots were airballs. The Richmond fans were chanting 'Airball' and 'Shoot Juan' whenever he touched the ball.