Monday, December 7, 2009
Five stats to remember from Sunday
By Jeremy Lundblad
One never fails to be amazed by a close scanning of box scores. Here are five interesting things about Sunday's action:
1. Petras Balocka exploded for 20 points and 20 rebounds in Hawaii’s 96-78 win over Lamar. It was just the second 20-20 game in Division I this season. Radford’s Artsiom Parakhouski went for 26 points and 20 rebounds a week ago against Duquesne. It must be an Eastern European thing. Balocka is from Lithuania and Parakhouski from Belarus. By the way, on this date a year ago, there had already been four 20-20 games, with Blake Griffin accounting for two himself.
2. Connecticut’s Jerome Dyson finished an assist shy of a triple-double on Sunday against Harvard. Dyson set a career-high with 14 rebounds and matched a career-best with nine assists. And oh yeah, the UConn senior also scored 24 points. If you're wondering, there have been 13 triple-doubles in the Big East this decade, five of which were recorded by Huskies.
3. San Diego, a team that has beaten Oklahoma and Stanford this season, shot just 18.6 percent from the field in a 69-37 loss to Fresno State. That is the worst shooting performance in D-I this season. But things could have actually been much worse if the bench did not step up to the plate. The Toreros starting lineup shot 7.4 percent, hitting only 2 of 27 shots.
4. In a 74-39 blowout of Cal State Bakersfield, Oregon State shot 72.2 percent from two-point range, while holding the Roadrunners to a 25.8 field goal percentage on 2s.
5. Looking for a reason that Boston College took down Miami in the ACC opener? Look no further than the battle of the boards. BC held a 46-21 rebounding advantage, its largest rebounding margin since 2006 and Miami's fewest total boards since 2007. How 'bout this: Eagles had more offensive rebounds (23) than the Hurricanes had total rebounds (21). All five Eagles starters pulled down five or more boards, while no one on Miami had more than four.