‘Best’ and ‘Worst’ awards from Temple vs. St. Joseph’s game
My look at some of the best and worst performances from St. Joe’s 82-72 victory over Temple on Saturday at Hagan Arena:
Player of the game: This was a tough decision, but Langston Galloway gets the award for setting the tone and continuously producing clutch baskets. The sophomore guard scored 10 of St. Joe’s first 16 points. He finished with a game-high 22 points after making 4 of 6 three-pointers.
Worst performances of the game: At times, I felt sorry for Temple point guard Juan Fernandez. The talented senior had a hard time scoring and harder time staying out of foul trouble. Fernandez finished with more fouls (four) than points scored (three). Out of sync, he made just 1 of 7 field goals. Fernandez’s lone basket came on a three-pointer 1 minute, 28 seconds into the contest. Afterward, he missed his final five shot attempts.
Best stat by a losing team: While you wouldn’t know it by St. Joseph’s four dunks, Temple held a 43-28 scoring advantage in the paint. Center Micheal Eric made 7 of 10 shots to score 14 points. Forward Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson had 15 points on 6 of 10 shooting.
Best quote: Temple coach Fran Dunphy didn’t sugarcoat his team’s performance. “We didn’t deserve to win tonight. We weren’t tough enough, weren’t smart enough, weren’t knowledgeable enough of who we are to win a game like this at this place against a really good basketball team.”
Worst stat: The Owls weren’t effective from the beyond the arc, making just 4 of 15 three-pointers for 26.7 percent.
Best performance by a reserve: Ronald Roberts was a beast. The sophomore forward finished with 18 points and seven rebounds. He had three crowd-pleasing dunks. He gets my vote for the Atlantic Ten’s sixth man of the year.
Best of the best: This goes to the Hagan Arena atmosphere. With 4,200 loud fans on top of you, this gym is one of the toughest road venues in the A-10. The crowd was vocal from pregame warm-ups to the end of the game.