- Jeremy Lundblad, ESPN Stats and Information
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Five things to remember from Thursday night's action:
1. Syracuse's Arinze Onuaku is on his way to being one of the elite players in Division I history when it comes to field goal percentage. Entering last night, he had a 69.7 FG percentage this season and was a big reason the Orange lead the nation in that category. That’s why it’s amazing that Syracuse shot 52.5 percent in their win over the Gators, despite a 2-for-6 performance from Onuaku. Against one of the best perimeter defenses in the nation, the Orange took it inside. Apart from Onuaku, Syracuse shot 64.3 percent from two-point range.
2. It was in a losing effort, but Florida’s Kenny Boynton put on a nice show in Tampa with 20 points and seven assists, while not committing a turnover against Syracuse’s tough zone defense. In fact, he has been playing nothing but mistake-free basketball of late. Over UF's last three games, Boynton has 22 assists and one turnover. Did I mention that he’s a freshman?
3. Chicago State fell to Nebraska 74-39. Though not necessarily surprising, the Cougars' low point total is nonetheless amazing. Chicago State actually outshot the Cornhuskers 62 to 45 percent, and scored just 39 points despite 23 offensive rebounds. That is the most offensive rebounds for a team that did not score 40 points in almost three years. Amazingly, Chicago State was also the last school to score under 40 but have at least 23 offensive boards. It happened in January 2007 in a 73-36 loss to Kansas State.
4. It was a crazy night in Boca Raton, as Mike Jarvis’ Florida Atlantic Owls needed three overtimes to defeat Warner Southern, an NAIA school, 106-99. FAU set school records for free throws made (44) and attempted (58). But the strangest line of the night belonged to Brett Royster, who set career-highs in points (23), rebounds (13) and blocks (7), while playing 51 minutes. Somehow, he did all of this without even starting the game! That’s the most minutes off the bench in a game since Long Island’s Eugene Kotorobai played 51 in a four-OT game against Mount St. Mary’s in 2007. Not even last season’s six-overtime Syracuse-Connecticut game saw someone play that much off of the bench (Andy Rautins played 50 minutes).
5. Mercer’s E.J. Kusnyer posted a career-high 26 points against Piedmont, courtesy of an 8-of-10 performance from 3-point range. In fact, Kusnyer somehow scored all 26 points without attempting a single shot from two-point range. That ties New Mexico’s Roman Martinez for most points in a game this season without attempting a two. Arkansas’ Rotnei Clarke scored 32 points earlier this season, while attempting just one two-pointer (a miss).