'Best' and 'Worst' awards from Temple vs. La Salle game
My look at some of the best and worst performances and moments from Temple’s 80-79 overtime victory over La Salle on Wednesday at the Tom Gola Arena:
Player of the game: Even in a loss, Earl Pettis gets this award. Making five of 10 three-pointers, the La Salle senior scored a career-high 33 points. He added five rebounds, two steals and two assists in 44 minutes. At times, he was unstoppable on the floor. Pettis scored La Salle’s last 13 points in regulation and 18 of the team’s final 20 points overall.
Worst sportsmanship: A few morons in La Salle’s student section were at it, again. They chanted ‘F--- you Temple’ on occasion. The sad thing was this came from students at a Catholic university on Ash Wednesday. At least this time their chants weren’t racist. In the teams’ Jan. 18 matchup, they chanted “Taco Bell” as Temple point guard Juan Fernandez made a pair of foul shots with 2 minutes, 5 seconds left. Fernandez is from Argentina.
Best bounce-back game: Ramone Moore was held to three points in Temple’s victory over Duquesne on Saturday. But on Wednesday, the fifth-year senior guard showed why he’s a front runner to win the Atlantic Ten and Big Five player-of-the-year awards. Moore finished with 18 points, a season-best nine rebounds and five assists.
Worst on-court moment: This also goes to Moore for displaying poor judgement that cost his team. With his team up by five points, Moore picked up a technical foul after committing an offensive foul on La Salle’s Sam Mills with 1 minute, 33 seconds left in regulation. Pettis went on to make the two technical foul shots. Eight seconds later, Pettis nailed a three-pointer to tie the score.
Best defensive effort: It would be insane to not give this award to Micheal Eric. Temple’s 6-foot-11 center had a career-best six blocked shots and altered several other shot attempts. This was Eric’s best game since returning from a fracture kneecap. The graduate student also had a season-best 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Worst defensive stretch: La Salle had a tough time making stops in the second half. As a result, the Owls shot 72.2 percent (13 for 18) during that time. Luckily for the Explorers, Pettis’ offensive production made up for their defensive lapses.