Monday, January 25, 2010
Inside Sunday's box scores
By Jeremy Lundblad
Five things to know from Sunday's action:
1. Seton Hall’s defense was the story in its 64-61 upset of Pittsburgh. The Panthers lost their second straight game, committing 20 turnovers and shooting just 35.4 percent from the floor. After starting 1-4 in Big East play, Seton Hall has now defeated Louisville and Pittsburgh in back-to-back games. The story of those two wins has been their success despite the quiet play of Jeremy Hazell. Over the first five conference games, Hazell was averaging 28.4 ppg on 24 shots per game. After 9 points in 16 foul-plagued minutes on Sunday, Hazell is averaging 17.0 ppg on just 10 shots over the last two games.
2. Wisconsin’s 11-game win streak against Penn State appeared headed for an end on Sunday with the Nittany Lions up 16 midway through the second half. But then the Badgers went on a 15-0 run to get right back in the game. However, with two minutes to play, PSU had rallied back to an eight-point lead. That’s when Jordan Taylor arrived. Taylor, who had two points up until that point, scored 18 of his 20 points in the final two minutes of regulation and then in overtime to lead the Badgers to the win. Wisconsin is now 51-0 against unranked Big Ten foes at home under Bo Ryan.
3. Iowa had lost 15 straight road games and was winless in Big Ten road games since the 2007-08 season. But on Sunday, the Hawkeyes went into Assembly Hall and held the Hoosiers to 43 points and outrebounded them by 16. It marked the fewest points scored by IU at home against Iowa since 1945. Adding even more insult, Indiana was 0-of-9 from 3-point range, snapping a streak of 277 straight games with a trey.
4. The nation’s top freshman scorer isn’t in Lexington or Lawrence. He’s in Kennesaw, Georgia. Markeith Cummings, a redshirt freshman, had quite a weekend in leading Kennesaw State to its first back-to-back conference road wins since 2005-06. He scored 30 in Friday’s win over Florida Gulf Coast and then posted a double-double Sunday over Stetson. Cummings has scored in double figures in every game for the Owls, who, with three Atlantic Sun wins, have equaled their total from last season.
5. Greer Wright scored a career-high 30 points in Binghamton’s win over Vermont on Sunday. He shot 10-fo-15 from the floor, including 5-for-6 from 3-point range. After starting the season 4-10, Binghamton has won four of their last seven games thanks in large part to the improved play of Wright. In those seven games, Wright is averaging 19.3 ppg while shooting 43.1 percent. During the 4-10 start, he was putting up just 12.6 ppg for a team that was starving for a scoring punch.