Thursday, December 23, 2010
Adrian Oliver's 42-point Christmas present
By Diamond Leung
San Jose State guard Adrian Oliver set school records with 42 points in a game and 30 points in a half, as the Spartans won 95-62 against Puget Sound.
"Told my family I'd score 40-plus for Christmas for them ... so merry Christmas fam," Oliver tweeted.
Yes, games like these have become somewhat predictable for the former Washington transfer who's now the nation's third-leading scorer at 25.8 points per game.
The 42-point outburst was his 13th game of at least 30 points for San Jose State, and he did it by going 12-of-15 from the field while at one point hitting seven 3-pointers in a row.
"Every spot on the floor was a good spot the way I was feeling it," Oliver said after the game. "The guys recognized that and put a little more emphasis on getting me open. I was just connecting on my shots."
More importantly for the Spartans, they're 8-3. The program hasn't recorded a winning season since 1994, but is now looking to be a factor in the WAC.
San Jose State has another senior in the backcourt, with point guard Justin Graham averaging 16.1 points. The Spartans added another member to their rotation when junior college transfer Brylle Kamen, a forward, returned to the lineup after the NCAA had ruled him ineligible for the first eight games.
So there's plenty of reason for good cheer heading into the WAC opener next week.