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Frease plays like invisible man

'Best' and 'Worst' awards from Temple vs. Xavier

Frease plays like invisible man

'Best' and 'Worst' awards from Temple vs. Xavier

My look at some of the best and worst performances and observations from Temple’s 85-72 victory over Xavier on Saturday night at the Liacouras Center:

Player of the game:  It would be insane to not give this honor to Ramone Moore. The Temple guard did basically whatever he wanted to do against Xavier. In the end, he made 5 of 8 three-pointers en route to scoring a game-high 30 points. The 6-foot-4 fifth-year senior came two points shy of his career high. This was also the third time that he scored 30 points in his career.

Worst performance of the game: At 7 feet and 275 pounds, Kenny Frease was expected to have a presence. Instead, the Xavier center did his best invisible man impersonation. Frease finished with just two points on 1 for 6 shooting. The senior also finished with one rebound.

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Best stat by a winning team:  The Owls had a 43-29 rebounding advantage. Eighteen of Temple’s rebounds were offensive. Xavier, however, only eight offensive boards.

Best way to bounce back: This has to go to Temple’s fans for providing an electric atmosphere. There were 9,370 in attendance three days after 4,076 were on hand at the 10,206-seat multiple-purpose venue. While Wednesday night felt like being in a library, Saturday night felt like being at a conference championship.

Worst stat by a losing team: Xavier had more turnovers (six) than points (five) midway through the first half.

Worst stat by a winning team: The Owls shot 33.3 percent from the foul line in the first half (2 for 6). Temple ended up shooting 62.5 percent for the game.

About this blog
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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