DAYTON, Ohio – Temple Owls fans will be relieved that Khalif Wyatt’s left thumb injury is not serious.
The senior guard jammed it while attempting a layup with 16 minutes, 38 seconds remaining in Temple’s 76-72 NCAA tournament victory over North Carolina State on Friday at the University of Dayton Arena. Wyatt was replaced by T.J. DiLeo seven seconds later. He came back into the game with 14:26 left.
“When it first happened, well, I got by my defender, and I went to make a move, and my hand just got caught in whoever was guarding me jersey, and my thumb got bent up a little bit,” said Wyatt, who finished with a game-high 31 points.
“When it first happened, I thought it was worse than it really was. But I was just a little jammed thumb; I guess you can call it.”