• Nichols leads Tigers to win


    Austin Nichols didn't just crack the "freshman" wall, he burst through it against Temple, putting up 17 points and 12 rebounds for his first career double-double and adding seven blocks.

    "He was terrific," said coach Josh Pastner. "He had man rebounds. Tough, hard-nosed rebounds. He was a high-level guy."

    "Austin is a great player. He's one of the most skilled athletes we've had since I've been here," added senior guard Chris Crawford. "He's just a phenomenal player."

    At a time of the season when some freshman struggle with fatigue or pressure, Nichols had arguably his best game as a Tiger. The 12 rebounds and seven blocks were both career highs for Nichols, who played 36 minutes in the Tigers' 82-79 overtime win.

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