Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Inside Monday's box scores
By Jeremy Lundblad
Five things to know from Monday's action:
1. Georgia Tech’s Gani Lawal scored 29 points and attempted 19 free throws in just 17 minutes of action in the Yellow Jackets' 95-64 win over Chattanooga. The last player to score that many points in 17 or fewer minutes was Duquesne’s Kieron Achara in 2007. However, no player this decade has attempted that many free throws in 17 minutes or fewer.
2. There aren’t too many players for whom 25 points is considered an off night. However, for Houston’s Aubrey Coleman -- the nation’s leading scorer at 26.7 ppg -- it tied his second-lowest output of the season. His teammate Kelvin Lewis added 24 points in the win over Troy to raise his season average to 17.9 ppg. Coleman and Lewis are the top scoring duo in the nation, just ahead of Washington’s Quincy Pondexter (22.1) and Isaiah Thomas (20.4).
3. Tasmin Mitchell pulled down a career-high 18 rebounds to go with 24 points in LSU’s 77-60 win over Southeastern Louisiana. The last LSU player with 20-plus points and 18-plus rebounds in a game was Glen “Big Baby” Davis in 2005. Mitchell’s 24 points lofted him two spots on LSU’s all-time scoring list, where he is now ninth.
4. In the first seven games of the season combined, South Carolina Upstate’s Josh Chavis had scored 50 points and was 11-of-30 from 3-point range. On Monday, he exploded for 10 treys on his way to a career-high 34 points . However, the Spartans lost to Florida Gulf Coast 86-82 in an Atlantic Sun battle. Chavis’s previous career highs were 20 points and five 3-pointers. The 10 bombs are tied for the fourth-most in D-I this season, and tied with Rotnei Clarke for the most by a player who did not connect on a two-pointer.
5. More Atlantic Sun? Campbell had connected on at least one 3-pointer in 364 consecutive games -- until Monday. The Fighting Camels were 0-of-6 from 3-point range in a 79-59 loss to UNC Wilmington. It was the first time since December 27, 1996 against Boise State that Campbell failed to hit from long distance.