Wednesday, August 5, 2015

'Best" and ' Worst' awards: Temple vs. Bowling Green

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" and ' Worst' awards: Temple vs. Bowling Green

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Jake O’Brien made 3 of 5 three-pointers en route to scoring a team-high 15 points. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)
Jake O’Brien made 3 of 5 three-pointers en route to scoring a team-high 15 points. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)

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.

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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.

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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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