My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from Temple’s 76-70 victory over Rhode Island on Saturday at the Liacouras Center:
Best performance: It’s becoming impossible to not give this award to Khalif Wyatt, even on off shooting nights like Saturday. That’s because the senior guard scored seven of Temple’s final 12 points to lead it to victory. Wyatt finished with a team-high 24 points on a 6-for-16 shooting night. He did make 9 of 11 foul shots. He wasn’t the most efficient player. Nor did he score the most points. Yet, he, once again, took over the game in the clutch. That’s the reason why the Norristown native nabbed the award over teammates Will Cummings, Jake O’Brien and Scootie Randall and Rhode Island’s Xavier Munford.
Worst performance: Averaging 10.6 points, Nikola Malesevic was supposed to be a solid No. 2 scoring option for Rhode Island. Instead, the senior forward was held to two points on 1-for-6 shooting. Malesevic did have six rebounds and three assists. Yet, that was overshadowed by his four fouls and lack of offensive production.
Best defensive performance: This award goes to O’Brien. The 6-foot-9 stretch forward is not known for being a solid defender. Actually, he’s been a liability on some occasions. Saturday night was not one of them. The Boston University transfer had a game-high three blocked shots to go with a steal. The senior also finished with 10 rebounds – seven defensive – and scored 16 points.