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Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Inside Monday's box scores

By Jeremy Lundblad

Five things to know from Monday's action:

1. Playing in its first game this decade, North Carolina suffered an indignity that it never experienced last decade. In their overtime loss to the College of Charleston, the Tar Heels held a 56-36 rebounding advantage. During the past decade, UNC was 22-0 when holding a plus-20 rebounding advantage.

2. No one is averaging more assists than Ronald Moore’s 8.7 a game. In fact, no active player has more career assists than the Siena guard. So Moore’s 11 assists in Monday’s win over Loyola (Md.) was really just an average performance by his standards. It was his sixth 10-assist game this season. Lehigh’s Marquis Hall is the only other player with four such games. However, while Moore continues to find his teammates, he can’t seem to locate his shot. Over Siena’s last four games, Moore is 3-of-26 from the floor and 0-for-9 from 3-point range.

3. Mercer truly beat North Florida at the free throw line in its 84-79 win. The Bears shot 86.5 percent from the charity strip (32-37), including 7-of-8 in the final 31 seconds. That’s the second-best free throw shooting performance this season for a team attempting at least 35 free throws. Amazingly, the Bears entered the game shooting just 69.4 percent from the line. The real story of the game was Daniel Emerson, who finished with a career-high 29 points (15-of-17 from the line) while adding 15 rebounds. Emerson is the first player since Nebraska’s Aleks Maric in 2007 to have 15 free throws and 15 rebounds in a game.

4. It was in a losing effort, but Delaware’s Jawan Carter posted his first career double-double with 18 points and a career-high 11 assists against James Madison. His minutes are what is really interesting. For the fourth straight game (which includes an OT game), Carter went the distance. The former St. Joe’s starter is averaging 39.3 minutes per game, most in the nation and nearly a minute more than the next player (LSU’s Tasmin Mitchell).

5. Jacksonville State’s Trenton Marshall followed up a three-point performance on Saturday with 37 points on Monday, including 28 in the second half. However, the Gamecocks fell short of Southeast Missouri State, 78-66. Marshall’s 37 points were the most for any player since the program moved to Division I. Overall, it’s the most points by a Gamecock since Charles Burkette put up 37 in 1991.