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'Best' and 'Worst' awards from Temple vs. Richmond game

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' and 'Worst' awards from Temple vs. Richmond game

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.

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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.

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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

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