Thursday, January 21, 2010
Inside Wednesday's box scores
By Jeremy Lundblad
1. On a wild night in college hoops, nothing could really compare with what happened in Savannah, Ga. Savannah State scored five points in the first half, while shooting 6.3 percent from the field (1-for-16) and committing 14 turnovers. Luckily, it was facing 4-16 North Carolina Central, which only had 13 first-half points. As if 40 minutes of this wasn’t enough, the game ultimately went into overtime. Savannah State outscored the Eagles 10-8 in the extra frame to claim a second straight win. That’s right, the Tigers scored twice as many points in overtime as they had in the first half.
2. UCF freshman Marcus Jordan, son of Michael, had the best game of his young career on Wednesday. So how many points did he have? Twenty-three, of course. In his fourth game since entering the starting lineup, Jordan went 9-for-9 from the field. The Knights came away with a 78-71 win over Houston, the school that Michael’s UNC squad beat in the 1982 Final Four on its way to a national title.
3. Houston’s Aubrey Coleman had 30 points in that game to raise his season average to 25.3. A lot of that has to do with the number of shots he is taking. Coleman was 7-for-18 from the field and 16-for-18 at the line. Coleman leads the nation with 19.4 field goals attempted per game and is second in the nation with 9.6 free throw attempts per game. Taking so many shots, the Cougars fate ultimately rests in how accurate Coleman is. When he shoots better than 45 percent, Houston is 8-1. When he doesn’t, like on Wednesday, the Cougars are just 2-7.
4. At 6-foot-7, Marshall Moses is the tallest player in an Oklahoma State starting lineup that features a pair of 5-foot-9 guards. In other words, he better rebound if OSU is going to win. That’s just what he did on Wednesday in the Cowboys' 90-78 win over Colorado. Moses matched a career-high with 18 rebounds and added 20 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the field, his highest career point total in a Big 12 game. Meanwhile, Colorado has now lost 31 straight conference road games.
5. Georgetown snapped Pitt’s 31-game home win streak on Wednesday, but the Hoyas continue to get by without a bench. Jerrelle Benimon’s three points were the only ones by a Georgetown reserve. At 7.6 ppg, the Hoyas have the nation’s third-lowest scoring bench behind only USC and South Florida. Only 10.5 percent of the Hoyas' total points this season have come off the bench. That’s the lowest percentage in the nation. Things have been even worse during Big East play, during which the Hoyas are averaging only 3.4 ppg off the bench.