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.”
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.