Tuesday recap: Kentucky's Davis soars

January, 18, 2012
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Player of the Night – Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis was nearly perfect for the Kentucky Wildcats in their 86-63 win against Arkansas. The freshman had 27 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocks. He’s the first player to reach all three of those levels in a game since Herbert Hill of the Providence Friars in 2007. No freshman has reached all three in at least in the past 15 seasons. Now with 89, Davis broke the Kentucky record for blocks in a season, previously shared by Andre Riddick and Melvin Turpin.

Historic Blowout – Western Carolina
The Western Carolina Catamounts had the third-biggest win in Division I history on Tuesday. The Catamounts defeated Toccoa Falls College 141-39. The larger margins came in Long Island’s 179-62 win over Medgar Evers in 1997 and Purdue’s 112-6 win over Indiana State in 1911. The Catamounts had nine players in double figures (though not leading scorer Harouna Mutombo). Toccoa Falls, a school in northeast Georgia, competes in the National Christian College Athletic Association.


Scoring Star – Jason Clark
Jason Clark scored a career-high 31 points for the Georgetown Hoyas, including 18 in the second half, in a 83-75 win against DePaul. With point guard Markel Starks out due to illness, Clark was the lone guard in the Hoyas’ starting lineup and did the bulk of the ball handling. He went 11-14 from the field, and hit 5-7 from 3-point range.

Freshman Leader – Trey Burke
For the first time since the late '90s, the Michigan Wolverines have won three straight against the Michigan State Spartans. Tuesday’s win owes much to freshman star Trey Burke. He led all scorers with 20 points on 8-11 from the field. Burke is now averaging 17.4 ppg in conference play, which ranks fifth in the Big Ten. But perhaps his biggest contribution last night was a pass. Burke fed Stu Douglass for go-ahead bucket with 35 seconds to go.

Ugly Stat Line of the Night – Jordan Tolbert
The top scoring freshman in the Big 12 continues to struggle in conference play. Jordan Tolbert scored five points and went 1-for-10 from the field for the Texas Tech Red Raiders in their 64-55 loss to the Oklahoma Sooners. Tolbert was averaging 15.4 PPG with a 65.2 FG percentage entering Big 12 play. But in the five games since, he is shooting just 26.5 percent from the field and averaging 7.2 ppg.

Jeremy Lundblad

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