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

A look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from Temple's 71-51 victory over Charlotte Sunday at Halton Arena.

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

Temple´s Scootie Randall dribbles the basketball against Canisius on<br />Wednesday, December 19, 2012.  ( Yong Kim / Staff Photographer )
Temple's Scootie Randall dribbles the basketball against Canisius on Wednesday, December 19, 2012. ( Yong Kim / Staff Photographer )

My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from Temple’s 71-51 victory over Charlotte Sunday at Halton Arena: 

Best performance:  Scootie Randall was the easy choice to win this award. The Temple swingman made 3 of 5 three-point attempts to finish with a game-high 18 points. Thirteen came in the decisive first half. The 6-foot-6 recent graduate also finished with six rebounds (five offensive), two assists and a steal in 36 minutes.

Worst performance: This was a tough one, considering Charlotte had a lot of duds. But I gave it to Denzel Ingram. The 49ers’ freshman guard scored six points on 1-for-6 shooting. He missed all four of his three-point attempts. The Chapel Hill, N.C. native had as many turnovers (three) as rebounds (three) and failed to record an assist in 30 minutes.

Best defensive performance:  This award goes to Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson. Temple’s undersized power forward finished with game highs of three blocks and three steals to go with eight points, five rebounds and two assists.

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Best performance by a 49er: As the only effective 49er, Mike Thorne had to get this one. The 6-foot-10, 254-pound reserve center scored 10 points on 4-for-7 shooting in 18 minutes. He also tied Darion Clark for the team-lead in rebounds with seven. Six of Thorne’s rebounds were offensive.

Worst statistic:  This goes to Charlotte’s poor shooting. The 49ers shot 27.4 percent (17 of 62) and made just 1 of 12 three-pointers.

 Best statistic: This goes to Temple’s balance. The Owls had nine players score. This marked the third consecutive victory with a balanced attack.

Worst of the Worst: This has to go the officiating. This game had a bunch of missed calls and bad calls.  On the times they wanted to get calls right, the officials messed up the flow of the game. I’m surprised they didn’t lose control of the contest.

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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