Friday, January 22, 2010
Inside Thursday's box scores
By Jeremy Lundblad
Five things to know from Thursday's games:
1. Adrian Oliver had a career-high 39 points as San Jose State upset Louisiana Tech 87-76. The loss snapped a 10-game win streak for Louisiana Tech, which came in 5-0 in the WAC and 17-2 overall. Oliver, a former Washington Husky, was 12-for-12 from the free throw line for the second time in three games. He’s scored at least 20 points in 10 of the Spartans' last 11 games. Now leading the WAC in scoring, Oliver is averaging 30.7 ppg over the last three games.
Matt Bouldin scored 32 in a win over Pepperdine.
2. Matt Bouldin’s career-high 32 points led three Gonzaga players with at least 20 points in a 91-84 win over Pepperdine. Despite a loss, the best performance of the night came from Pepperdine’s Keion Bell. At halftime, Bell was 1-for-4 with 3 points. Then he exploded, scoring 22 points in the first eight and a half minutes of the second half. In all, he was 13-for-17 with 34 points in the second half on his way to a career-high 37. No Waves player has scored more in a game since Brandon Armstrong’s 40 in 2001. At 20.1 ppg, Bell is the fourth-highest scoring sophomore in the nation.
3. It’s to the point that any statistical achievement that occurs against VMI requires an asterisk. That said, Radford’s entire frontline posted double-doubles on Thursday. Artsiom Parakhouski (30 points, 11 rebounds), Lazar Trifunovic (career-high 27 points, 14 rebounds) and Joey Lynch-Flohr (17 points, 10 rebounds) combined for 74 points and 35 rebounds. Of the 114 teams that played on Thursday, the Radford frontline outscored 84 of them and outrebounded 59 of them. Amazingly, this is the second straight time that three Radford players recorded double-doubles against VMI.
4. Wagner snapped an eight-game losing streak and picked up its third win of the season. The Seahawks held Long Island to 28.6 percent shooting in a 65-59 OT win. Long Island’s leading scorer Jaytornah Wisseh was 3-of-21 from the field, the worst shooting performance for a player with 20 attempts this season. Even worse, he was just 1-of-17 from 2-point range, an astoundingly low 5.7 percent.
5. Oregon State only managed 35 points in Thursday’s loss to Stanford. That is the fewest points by a power six conference team this season, and the fewest by a Pac-10 team since Oregon State scored 35 against UCLA in 2007. Stanford held a 31-13 scoring edge in the second half. The Beavers committed 19 turnovers while dishing out only 3 assists. The last time Stanford held a team to so few points was in December 2005, when the Cardinal beat Princeton 58-34.