'Best' and 'Worst' awards: Temple vs. Richmond

Temple legend Hal Lear's jersey number was retired before the Owls' win over Richmond. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)

My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from Temple’s 71-64 victory over Richmond on Wednesday at the Liacouras Center: 

Best performance: As much as I wanted to give this award to Scootie Randall, it had to go to Khalif Wyatt. While Randall led Temple with 21 points, the Owls would not have won the game without Wyatt’s late heroics. The senior guard scored six of Temple’s final 10 points. His highlight was a three-pointer that gave the Owls a 64-61 lead with three minutes, 5 seconds left. The Norristown High product finished with 19 points, a career-high seven rebounds, a game-high five assists, two steals and five turnovers.

Worst performance:  I had to give this award to Cedrick Lindsay. The Spiders guard struggled through 2-for-10 shooting to finish with four points. He averaged 12.5 points in Richmond’s previous two games.  The junior also have more turnovers (two) than assists (one).

Best defensive performance: Trey Davis gets this award. The Richmond reserve guard only saw 10 minutes of action. But they were a productive 10 minutes, as he finished with a career-high three steals.

Best performance in a losing effort: This was an easy one, because Darien Brothers was dominating at times. The senior guard made 5 of 10 three-pointers to finish with a game-high 22 points. At one point, Brothers seemed destined to will the Spiders to a come-from-behind road win.

Worst statistic: You have to give this to the Owls’ bench points. Richmond’s reserves outscored Temple’s reserves, 27-4. Owls backup forward Jake O’Brien scored those points on a three-pointer and a foul shot.

Best statistic: This award goes to Temple’s first-half shooting. The Owls shot 15-for-27 (55.6 percent) from the field before intermission. They were shooting over 60 percent for most of the half.

Worst of the Worst:  This award goes to Richmond’s performance during the deciding stretch. After taking a 61-59 lead with 7:24 to play, the Spiders didn’t score over the next 6:01. Once they finally did score, the Owls had a six-point cushion. Richmond missed seven shots during the scoring drought.

Best of the Best: Hal Lear’s jersey retirement ceremony was the easy and obvious choice. Temple’s student section chanted “Hal Lear!” after the Owls retired the former Temple great’s No. 6 jersey during halftime. Lear then went over to acknowledge the Temple students, drawing applause from the crowd.