Thursday, December 10, 2009
Inside Wednesday's box scores
By Jeremy Lundblad
A look a five things you need to know from Wednesday's action:
1. That Oklahoma senior Tony Crocker set a career-high in points is impressive. That he did it in the first half alone is stunning. Crocker finished with 33 points and 13 rebounds in OU's 86-62 win over Centenary, but his first-half performance was the real story. He scored the first 13 points of the game,and eclipsed his old career-high (28) with just under two minutes to go in the first half. The 29 points in a half are the most by a Sooner since Ebi Ere had 29 against Arkansas in 2001.
2. San Diego State’s Kawhi Leonard had 23 points, 18 rebounds and five assists in an 82-68 win over Cal State Fullerton. He is just the second player to put up a 20-15-5 line this season (Morgan State’s Kevin Thompson is the other). Leonard’s performance is particularly stunning considering he is a freshman, and all three totals were career highs. Leonard, the #56 incoming freshman in the ESPNU 100, is the first freshman with a 20-15-5 game since Eastern Kentucky’s Michael Haney in 2002.
3. Providence exploded for 110 points against George Washington, which led to some fun stats. All five starters scored at least 16 points, led by Marshon Brooks with 19. Sharaud Curry set a career high with 13 assists, which is tied for the third-most in Division I this season. The Friars connected on 16 of 29 3-point attempts, tied for the third-most in school history.
4. Missouri entered Wednesday’s game averaging 21.1 free throw attempts per game. Want a good reason the Tigers lost to Oral Roberts? The Tigers attempted just three free throws all game, making one. It was both the fewest free throws made and attempted by Missouri since a loss to Oklahoma in 2003.
5. Sure it was against a Division III school, but 24 rebounds is still 24 rebounds. Lamar’s Justin Nabors pulled down 24 boards to go with 16 points in a win over Louisiana College. That ties North Texas’s George Odufuwa for most in a game this season. Nabors’ total is tied for the fourth-most in school history and the most in over 20 years. Adrian Caldwell, who went on to play six seasons in the NBA, had 24 in a game for Lamar in 1989.