Dionte Christmas had two points in Temple’s last game. And two free throws in the closing 30 minutes of the one before that. Saturday against No. 8 Tennessee, he had five at halftime, at which point the Owls led by nine. He blew up after that, finishing with 35, two off his career best, the Owls' 88-72 upset.
He went 7-for-14 from the arc, including five straight (to go with an old-school three-point play) after the Volunteers had closed to within four midway through the second half.
Did we mention there were a bunch of pro scouts in the house?
“When you’re hot, you’re hot,” Christmas said. “Any player’s going to have tough nights. My teammates did a good job of calling my number, when it was time. It was my night. Once I got going, nothing mattered.
“I’ve done it before, against top-caliber teams. But I definitely feel that this was special.”
Shockingly, he’s the A-10’s co-Player of the Week. For the ninth time, which is the most by an Owl and ties him for third with Massachusetts’ Marcus Camby (1994-96) on the conference list.