Thursday, February 11, 2016

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

My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from Temple’s 64-54 Atlantic Ten victory over St. Louis on Saturday at the Liacouras Center:

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

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Temple´s Anthony Lee goes up for a shot on Saturday against St. Louis. (Michael Bryant/Staff Photographer)
Temple's Anthony Lee goes up for a shot on Saturday against St. Louis. (Michael Bryant/Staff Photographer)

My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from Temple’s 64-54 Atlantic Ten victory over St. Louis on Saturday at the Liacouras Center: 

Best performance: This has to go to Temple’s Anthony Lee. Sure, Khalif Wyatt finished with a game-high 24 points. But Lee, a redshirt sophomore post player, was a beast on the block, finishing with 20 points, 10 rebounds, two blocks and steal in 33 minutes. His foul shots with 30 seconds left gave the Owls an eight-point cushion.

Worst performance: It was hard to tell that Mike McCall Jr. came into Saturday’s contest as St. Louis’ leading scoring. The junior guard struggled, making just 1 of 9 shot attempts – including 0-for-4 on three-pointers – en route to being held to a season-low six points.  

Best defensive performance: How can you not give this award to Wyatt? The Temple guard showed that he’s much more than just a scorer. Wyatt finished with a season-best and game-high three steals and a season-best two blocks in the victory.

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Best performance in a losing effort: St. Louis center Rob Loe wins this award after producing a team-high 17 points to go with 11 rebounds and steal. The 6-foot-11 junior from New Zealand made 7 of 11 field-goal attempts.

Worst statistic: You have to give this to the Billikens’ three-point shooting. St. Louis made just 4 of 21 three-pointers for 19 percent after coming into the game with conference’s second-best three-point percentage (36.6).

Best statistic: This award goes to Temple’s thievery department.  The Owls had 10 steals. Wyatt had three. Rahlir Hollis Jefferson, Will Cummings and Scootie Randall finished with two apiece. Lee had one.

Worst of the Worst:  This award goes to St. Louis’ shooting. The Billikens made just 34.5 percent (20 of 58) of their shot attempts. While misfires had to do with Temple’s defense, others came on open looks to the basket.  It was hard to believe that St. Louis entered the game fifth in the Atlantic Ten in shooting percentage (45.6).

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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 kpompey@phillynews.com.

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