My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from Temple’s 76-69 victory over Penn on Wednesday at the Liacouras Center:
Best performance: How could I not give this to Khalif Wyatt? The Temple guard scored 21 of his game-high 26 points after intermission. Wyatt scored 16 of the Owls' 18 points during one stretch. Then he went on a personal 5-0 run after his team trailed by 64-63 with 5 minutes, 46 seconds left. He hit a three-pointer to put the Owls ahead for good. His pair of foul shots gave them a 68-64 cushion with 5:05 left. If there was one flaw, it was his game-worst six turnovers.
Worst performance: I had to give this award to Tony Hicks. The Penn reserve guard missed all seven of his field-goal attempts en route en being held scoreless. The Illinois native also had more turnovers (two) than assists (one) in 16 minutes of actions. Hicks, a freshman, came into the contest as the Quakers' second-active leading scorer at 7.2 points per game.
Best defensive performance: Jake O’Brien gets this award. The Temple forward, who started in place of Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson (knee injury), blocked two shots and had two steals in addition to finishing with 14 points. While not known for being a lockdown man-to-man defender, O’Brien’s game-high blocks were hard to overlook.