Monday, January 4, 2010
Inside Sunday's Box Scores
By Jeremy Lundblad
Five things to know from Sunday's action:
1. A trio of interesting stat lines in Wake Forest’s 96-92 double overtime win over Xavier:
Al-Farouq Aminu put up 26 points and 18 rebounds in 41 minutes of action. That’s his second 20-point, 15-rebound game in the span of a week. He joins Texas’ Damion James as the only power six conference players with multiple 20-15 games this season.
In the first 102 games of his college career, Ishmael Smith never scored 20 points in a game. On Sunday, he poured in 28 in 49 minutes of action. It’s most minutes played by an ACC player since Toney Douglas played 49 for Florida State in 2008.
In the strange line department, Chas McFarland came off the bench to pull down 14 rebounds, but did not convert on any of his five field goal attempts. That’s the most rebounds without a field goal by any player in Division I this season.
2. Cal State Bakersfield couldn’t manage a win against Loyola Marymount, but Santwon Latunde had a historic game for the Roadrunners. He tied a school record with 21 rebounds, while adding a career-high 20 points. He is the fourth player in D-I with a 20-point, 20-rebound game this season. It’s the first 20-20 game by a Roadrunner since Kebu Stewart in 1997. Meanwhile, Latunde’s teammate Stephon Carter had a bizarre game, going 1-for-13 from the field and 13-for-16 from the line.
3. With a 67-50 home loss to Georgetown, DePaul has now lost 21 straight regular-season Big East games. That’s the longest regular-season conference losing streak in the nation. The Blue Demons shot under 40 percent for the ninth time this season, and currently rank 303rd in the nation in field goal percentage. More alarming is their performance at the line. After going 4-for-7 against the Hoyas, DePaul actually improved to 53.8 percent from the charity stripe this season. Not only is that last among all 347 Division I teams, but it’s not even very close to 346th, currently occupied by Alabama A&M at 55.4 percent.
4. Creighton topped Evansville 72-64 thanks to a career game from Kenny Lawson, Jr, who put up 18 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high seven blocks. That’s the most blocks for a Creighton player since Doug Swenson had eight back in 1998. Lawson is the early frontrunner for the Bluejays player of the decade. He is averaging 15.5 ppg, 12.5 rpg and 4.0 bpg in the two games since the start of 2010.
5. Texas Tech beat UTEP 86-78 despite shooting just 39.0 percent from the field. If 86 seems like a lot of points for a team that shot so poorly, that’s because the Red Raiders continue to score a huge number of points at the free throw line. On Sunday, they went 35-of-46 from the line. Over its last four games, Texas Tech is averaging 40.8 free throw attempts per game. On the season, the Red Raiders are fifth in the nation in free throws made with 295. In fact, they’ve made more free throws than 217 teams have even attempted.