Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Inside Tuesday's box scores
By Jeremy Lundblad
Five things to remember from Tuesday night's action:
1. Alex Stepheson was all over the map in USC’s 51-36 win over Sacramento State. On one hand, he recorded his second career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. The transfer from North Carolina added seven blocks, more than doubling his previous career-best. On the other hand, Stepheson also set a career-high with eight turnovers and did not record an assist. That is tied for the most turnovers without an assist in Division I this season.
2. In leading Texas Tech to a comeback win over TCU, John Roberson had 21 points and 10 assists for the 9-0 Red Raiders, who are off to their best start in 80 years. Roberson is the 10th player to have 20-plus points and 10-plus assists in a game this season. He has now gone for 20 and 10 twice in his career. Before him, the last Red Raider with 20 points and 10 assists in a game was Jamal Brown in 2000. Over his last three games, Roberson is averaging 20.7 ppg and 8.7 apg, while shooting 55.9 percent from the floor.
3. On Tuesday, Georgetown’s Greg Monroe did something that his predecessor in the paint, Roy Hibbert, never managed to do. Monroe notched career-highs in both points (24) and rebounds (15) in the Hoyas’ win over Butler. The last Georgetown player with a 20-15 was Mike Sweetney in 2003. Sweetney had seven such games in his career.
4. Justin Rutty did just about everything he could, but Quinnipiac fell to Rhode Island 83-74. Rutty (30 points, 15 rebounds) became the third player this season with 30-plus points and 15-plus rebounds in a game. However, Rutty is the first to do so while on the losing end of the game. The last player to lose while posting a 30-15 game was Radford’s Artsiom Parakhouski last February against Liberty.
5. Butler’s Avery Jukes fouled out in just six minutes of play against Georgetown. It was Butler’s quickest foul out this decade (Jeff James fouled out in seven minutes in 2003). If Jukes’ exit seems quick, it is. But it’s actually not the fastest this season. Four D-I players have fouled out in five or fewer minutes this season. The winner of the quickest foul-out of the season belongs to UTEP’s Wayne Portalatin, who picked up five fouls in just four minutes against Arkansas State on Nov. 21.