Wednesday, January 5, 2011
The numbers you need to know
By Jeremy Lundblad
Inside the numbers behind Tuesday's top performances:
1. Lamar reserve Mike James exploded for 52 points on Tuesday. The historical significance of that accomplishment was fully dissected in the Nation blog last night. So how did he do it? It wasn’t by being shy. James attempted 21 3-pointers and 35 total shots in just 28 minutes. Over the past 15 years, the only player to attempt 20 3s or 30 total shots off the bench was Mississippi Valley State’s Shun Peterson in 1996. By the way, there were three D-I schools that had fewer points than James on Tuesday, including Arkansas. His 21 3-point attempts were more than 44 of 62 Division I teams that took the court.
2. Speaking of great bench performances, LaceDarius Dunn scored 38 points off the bench as a freshman in 2008. That stood as his career-high until last night. Dunn went off for 43 in Baylor’s win over Morgan State. Coming into the game, he had only connected on seven of his previous 32 3-point attempts. On Tuesday, he went 10-of-18 from long range. The 43 points are tied for the second-most in Baylor history and are the most by a Big 12 player since Mike Singletary’s 43 (off the bench!) for Texas Tech in the 2009 conference tourney.
Most Points in a Game, Baylor History
50 -- Vinnie Johnson, 1979 vs. TCU
43 -- Vinnie Johnson, 1978 vs. San Francisco
43 -- LaceDarius Dunn, 2011 vs. Morgan State
3. Virginia shot 66.7 percent from the floor in an 84-63 win over Howard. That ties the fifth-best percentage in school history and is the highest since 1985. Amazingly, the Cavaliers did this while attempting 25 3-pointers. They made 16 of those, including nine straight at one point. It’s the highest FG percentage for a team attempting at least 25 3s since Pacific (66.7) in 2008. The biggest reason was Mustapha Farrakhan's career-high 31 points. He went 11-of-12 from the field, including 8-of-9 from long distance. Weighing the increased value of a 3, that gives him an effective field goal percentage of 125.0 percent. For a player attempting at least 10 field goals, that’s the highest in a game since Jerel McNeal on 2009.
4. Jared Sullinger had another big-time performance (24 points, 12 rebounds) in Ohio State’s 73-68 win at Iowa on Tuesday. But he wasn’t the only freshman to shine. Melsahn Basabe, who originally committed to Siena, put up a career-high 22 points and added 13 rebounds and six blocks. That’s the first 20-10-5 game by a freshman this season. Amazingly, it’s the only 20-10-5 game by a Big Ten player -- regardless of class -- over the last 15 years.
5. Northwestern State’s William Mosley recorded the fourth triple-double in school history, and the first since future West Virginia center D'or Fischer in 2001. Mosley finished with 10 points, 12 rebounds and 11 blocks. It was his second 11-block game this season, a total only Wake Forest’s Ty Walker has matched. Mosley leads the nation with 4.7 blocks per game, nearly a block more than the next player (Arkansas’ Delvon Johnson). Despite his big performance, Northwestern State actually lost to LSU-Shreveport, an NAIA school.