Thursday, January 19, 2012
McGruder leads K-State to needed win
By Jeremy Lundblad
Player of the Night - Rodney McGruder After a 1-3 start in the Big 12, Kansas State badly needed a win Wednesday against Texas. Rodney McGruder made sure of it with a career-high 33 points, as the Wildcats held on to win, 84-80. McGruder kept the Wildcats above water early, scoring 13 of their first 26 points. He’s really stepping up at home. In three conference games in Manhattan, McGruder is averaging 27.7 PPG with a 62.5 field goal percentage.
Filling Up The Stat Sheet – Colt Ryan Two weeks ago, Doug McDermott torched Bradley for 44 points. On Wednesday, it was Colt Ryan’s turn. The Evansville junior scored a career-high 39 points in a 90-67 win over the Braves. Ryan was just one point shy of being the first Evansville player to score 40 in a game since Parrish Casebier in Dec. 1992. Ryan finished 8-for-14 from 3-point range. He’s joins Villanova’sMaalik Wayns as the only players with at least 39 points, nine rebounds and three assists in a game this season.
Bench Stars – Jorge Brian Diaz and Dylan Talley Jorge Brian Diaz knocked down a pair of free throws with 11 seconds remaining give Nebraska a 70-69 upset win over Indiana. It’s the Cornhuskers' first win over Indiana since 1920. Diaz and Dylan Talley, both bench players, combined for 17 points in the second half, as the Cornhuskers erased a seven-point halftime deficit.
Ugly Stat Line of the Night - Jordan Theodore Jordan Theodore entered Wednesday on track to be the first Big East player to average 16 points and seven assists per game since Sherman Douglas in the late 1980s. But in Seton Hall’s84-76 loss to Villanova, Theodore couldn’t find the bottom of the net. He went 2-for-16 from the field, including 0-for-8 from two-point range.