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Temple's Wyatt fine after jamming thumb

DAYTON, Ohio – Temple Owls fans will be relieved that Khalif Wyatt’s left thumb injury is not serious.

Temple's Wyatt fine after jamming thumb

Temple guard Khalif Wyatt clinches his fist as he walks up court during the second half of a second-round game against the North Carolina State at the NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, March 22, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
Temple guard Khalif Wyatt clinches his fist as he walks up court during the second half of a second-round game against the North Carolina State at the NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, March 22, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

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.”

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Wyatt reinjured his thumb while being fouled with 32 seconds left. He left the game after making a pair of free throws only to come back in eight seconds later.

 Wyatt said he wasn’t in that much pain.

“When I got fouled they were kind of smacking at lit a little bit,” Wyatt said. “So it was a little sore, but it was all right.”

Wyatt scored 16 of his points after initially jamming his thumb.  The Norristown made 12 of 14 free throws in the game.  His final two clinched the contest with 2 seconds left.

About this blog
Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He takes over the Sixers beat after covering the Temple men’s basketball team for the past three years and Temple football the past two seasons. 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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