Friday, December 3, 2010
Five Things You Should Know
By Jeremy Lundblad
A look insider the numbers from Thursday night's action:
1. UCLA nearly ended Kansas’ home winning streak courtesy of a pair of notable performances. Tyler Honeycutt exploded for 33 points, exceeding his previous career-high by 15 points. It’s the most points in a game for a Bruin since Darren Collison dropped 33 against Oregon State in January 2008. Honeycutt added nine rebounds. The last UCLA player with at least 30 points and nine boards in a game was J.R. Henderson in 1998. Meanwhile, 305-pound freshman Joshua Smith came off the bench for 17 points and 13 rebounds, both career-highs.
2. LaceDarius Dunn scored 24 points without connecting on a two-point field goal in Baylor’s 68-54 win against Arizona State. Dunn was 0-for-2 from two-point range, but hit 6-of-12 3s and added six free throws. It’s the most points scored without a two-pointer by a Power Six conference player this season, and the most by a Baylor player over the past 15 years. Dunn has only played in half of the Bears' games, but still has 16 of their 35 3s this season.
3. Kenneth Faried continues to rebound at an alarming pace. The Morehead State center nearly single-handedly outrebounded Tennessee-Martin. Faried hauled in 20 boards to go with 15 points in a 70-49 blowout of the SkyHawks, who only had 25 rebounds as a team. Faried is now averaging 14.9 rpg as he seeks to become the first Division I player since Alcorn State’s Larry Smith (1980) to average more than 15. It was Faried’s second straight 20-rebound game and sixth of his career.
4. Former Vanderbilt guard Keegan Bell dished out 13 assists as Chattanooga won its SoCon opener against Appalachian State 81-69. It was a career-high and tied for the third-most assists in a D-I game this season. It’s also the most assists by a SoCon player since Stephen Curry went off for 30 points and 13 assists against Winthrop back in 2008. Bell only managed four points, but former Georgetown reserve Omar Wattad picked up the scoring load with 21 points.
5. For the third time in his past four games, Xavier Silas scored 34 points. But it wasn’t enough as Northern Illinois fell to DePaul 86-84. Silas’ three 34-plus point games are the most this season, with San Jose State’s Adrian Oliver the only other player with two. Silas, a former Colorado Buffalo, is now averaging 26.3 ppg, fourth in the nation. Meanwhile, DePaul snapped a four-game winning streak courtesy of 32 free throws, its most in a game in the last 15 years. Tony Freeland, a 43.8 percent free throw shooter last season, hit 13 of 16 attempts for the Blue Demons on his way to a career-high 25 points.