Monday, March 2, 2015

"Best" and "Worst" awards: Temple vs. Canisius

My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from Canisius’ 72-62 victory over Temple on Wednesday at the Liacouras Center:

"Best" and "Worst" awards: Temple vs. Canisius

Temple coach Fran Dunphy. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Temple coach Fran Dunphy. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from Canisius’ 72-62 victory over Temple on Wednesday at the Liacouras Center: 

Best performance: Billy Baron didn’t look like someone still trying to mesh with his Canisius’ teammates. The point guard, who transferred from Rhode Island in the offseason, finished with game highs of 19 points and five assists. Thirteen of the 6-foot-1 junior’s point came after intermission. His jumper with 4 minutes, 12 seconds left gave the Golden Griffins the lead for good at 59-58.

Worst performance: This has to go to Temple’s Scootie Randall. The fifth-year senior swingman had a rough night, going 1 for 12 on three-pointers. He finished with seven points on 3-for-16 shooting overall. At times, Randall looked a little reluctant before shooting the ball.

Best defensive performance: Canisius’ Chris Manhertz gets this award after compiling four blocked shots – all after intermission – and a steal. The 6-foot-6 power forward also had a game-high 13 rebounds. Eleven came on the defensive end.

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Best performance in a losing effort: Temple forward Jake O’Brien deserves this award after recording a season-high 14 points and blocking a shot in just 15 minutes of action. The Boston University transfer made 3 of 4 three-pointers and 5 of 7 shots overall.

Worst statistic: This award goes to Temple’s three-pointer shooting. The Owls made just 4 of 28 three-pointers against the Golden Griffins. Take away O’Brien’s effort, Temple was 1 for 24 from long distance.

Best statistic: This award goes to Temple in the turnover department. The Owls committed just four turnovers against the Golden Griffins.

Worst of the worst: This goes to the person that gave the inaccurate attendance figure. The official attendance was 3,258. It looked like fewer than 2,100 fans at the Liacouras Center to me.

About this blog
Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering the Temple basketball and football for the previous three years. 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

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