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"Best" and "Worst" awards: Temple vs. St. Bonaventure

My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from St. Bonaventure’s 81-78 victory over Temple on Saturday at the Liacouras Center:

"Best" and "Worst" awards: Temple vs. St. Bonaventure

Temple´s Khaliff Wyatt,  center, on the bench after fouling out with two minutes left against St. Bonaventure. (Michael Bryant/Staff Photographer)
Temple's Khaliff Wyatt, center, on the bench after fouling out with two minutes left against St. Bonaventure. (Michael Bryant/Staff Photographer)

My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from St. Bonaventure’s 81-78 victory over Temple on Saturday at the Liacouras Center: 

Best performance: Once again, this was a tough one, because Khalif Wyatt produced another high-scoring performance. Yet, I had to give this to Matthew Wright. The St. Bonaventure junior guard torched the Owls for a career-high 22 points on 8-for-11 shooting. He went 4-for-4 on three-pointers. The Toronto native set the tempo early, making his first five field-goal attempts.  Wright also finished with three assists and two rebounds in 37 minutes.

Worst performance: This has to go to Temple’s Will Cummings. The sophomore point guard missed all three of his field-goal attempts en route to being held scoreless. The Florida native also had more fouls (four) than rebounds (one) and assists (one) combined.  Let’s just say that this is a game Cummings wants to forget.

Best defensive performance:  Anthony Lee gets this award. The Temple post player blocked two shots to go with a steal. The Maryland native also finished with six points and nine rebounds – seven on the defensive end – in 24 minutes.

Best performance in a losing effort: Wyatt wins this award after producing a game-high 31 points on 10-for-13 shooting. The senior guard also made 8 of 8 foul shots. However, Wyatt’s game was far from perfect. He had a game-high five turnovers and fouled out on a charge with 2 minutes, 28 seconds lefts.

Worst statistic: You have to give this to the Owls' second-half three-point shooting. Temple made just 5 of 17 three-pointers after intermission.

Best statistic: This award goes to the Bonnies’ three-point shooting. St. Bonaventure shot 11-for-18 (61.1 percent) from long range.

Worst of the Worst:  This award goes to Temple’s overall defense.. The Bonnies basically did whatever they wanted against the Owls. In the process, the unheralded Wright looked like an Atlantic Ten player of the year candidate.

 

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About this blog
Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He takes over the Sixers beat after covering the Temple men’s basketball team for the past three years and Temple football the past two seasons. 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 kpompey@phillynews.com.

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