My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from Temple’s 75-57 victory over Bowling Green on Monday at the Liacouras Center:
Best performance: Jake O’Brien is living up to the nickname ‘Jake O’Buckets.’ The Temple reserve forward made 3 of 5 three-pointers en route to scoring a team-high 15 points. Nine of the Boston University transfer’s points came before intermission. ‘O’Buckets’ also finished with two rebounds – both defensive – and an assist in 17 minutes of action.
Worst performance: This has to go to Bowling Green’s Jordon Crawford, The 5-foot-6 point guard averaged a team-leading 16.5 points heading into the contest. Crawford, a senior, was held to four points on 2-for-10 shooting from the field. He was 0 for 3 on three-pointers. Let’s just say Crawford failed to live up to all of the pregame hype.
Best defensive performance: Temple’s Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson gets this award after blocking a game-high three shots. The 6-foot-6 power forward also had two steals to go with 11 points, four assists and three rebounds.
Best performance in a losing effort: Bowling Green forward A’uston Calhoun wins this award after recording a game-high 22 points, grabbing nine rebounds and getting a steal.
Worst statistic: How can you not give this to the Falcons' three-point shooting? Bowling Green made just 4 of 16 three-pointers. Crawford, Chauncey Orr, Anthony Henderson and James Erger were a combined 0 for 9.
Best statistic: This award goes to Temple’s assists total. The Owls had 23 assists on a day when they made 27 baskets.
Best of the Best: The Owls getting their 1,800th victory. The milestone is hard to overlook, considering Temple became just the sixth Division I men’s program to accomplish it.