Inside Sunday's box scores


Five things to know from Sunday's action:

1. Northwestern put on a historic display against North Carolina A&T, setting Big Ten records for 3-pointers made (20) and attempted (47) in a game. It was really the weekend of the 3, as Seton Hall and Centenary also hit 20 shots from long range on Saturday. So in the span of two days, we saw three teams hit at least 20 3-pointers in a game. It only happened once (by VMI) all last season. Northwestern was led by 35 points from Drew Crawford, the most by a freshman this season and a Northwestern freshman record. Prior to Sunday, Crawford had only six points in his last three games combined.

2. Fordham’s Chris Gaston is quietly one of the most productive freshmen in the nation. He went off for 32 points and 15 rebounds in the Rams’ 73-56 loss to St. John’s. The last freshman with 30-plus points and 15-plus rebounds in a game was Kansas State's Michael Beasley in February 2008. Gaston now leads all freshmen with 19.1 ppg, 12.0 rpg and seven double-doubles.

3. Entering the season, Wake Forest had not attempted fewer than six 3-pointers in a game this decade. On Sunday, the Demon Deacons attempted only five for the second time this season. In a 90-50 blowout of Elon, Wake Forest was just 2-of-5 from long distance. Those five shots were split between only two players: C.J. Harris and Ari Stewart. Ten different Wake players made multiple field goals. In a microcosm for the game, Elon attempted 24 3s, but only managed to hit one more than the Demon Deacons.

4. Fairfield freshman Derek Needham notched 14 assists against Sacred Heart to tie the most by a player this season. He more than doubled his previous career high in assists. But unlike John Wall (Kentucky) and Eugene Harvey (Seton Hall), who also have had 14 in a game, Needham also scored 19 points. Needham and Wall are the only freshmen averaging 15-plus points, five-plus assists and two-plus steals.

5. Xavier’s Jason Love only scored seven points in the Musketeers’ 83-79 double-overtime win over Cincinnati. However, he saved his best for last, scoring five of the final six points of the game. Love also tied career highs in rebounds (19) and blocks (5). The rebounds might be the most impressive statistic. In a game in which Xavier was outrebounded by nine, Love had half of the team’s 32 defensive rebounds. Prior to this season, the senior only had three double-digit rebounding games. He now has five this season, including three games of 15-plus rebounds.