Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Monday recap: bouncing back, breaking out
By Jeremy Lundblad
Player of the Night - Kyle Downey Less than five minutes into the game, Siena trailed Iona 20-2. But the Saints climbed back in it on the back of Kyle Downey. When Siena went into the break down by 10, Downey had two points, three turnovers and three fouls. The second half was a different story. He scored 14 points on 6-8 from the field. That included seven points in the final five minutes, as Downey put Siena up for good.
Filling Up the Stat Sheet – Thomas Robinson Robinson had 18 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks in Kansas' 64-54 win over Texas A&M. But perhaps the most impressive aspect of Robinson’s evening? He went 10-for-10 from the free throw line. Not bad for a player with a career 54.6 free throw percentage. It’s the most makes without a miss by a Jayhawk since Wayne Simien in 2005.
Breakout Performance - D.J. Brown Brown scored a career-high 33 points (nearly 27 more than his season average) as San Jose State snapped a five-game losing streak with a 78-70 win over Cal State Bakersfield. The performance set a school record for points by a freshman. He came into Monday averaging 6.4 ppg with an ugly 34.3 field goal percentage. But on this night, Brown couldn't miss. He went 9-for-11 from the field, including 6-for-7 from long distance.
Bench Star – Chris Cooper There are 24 Division I players averaging a double-double. Only one comes off the bench. Old Dominion's Chris Cooper had 15 points and 10 rebounds off the bench in Monday’s 69-57 win over Northeastern. He’s come off the bench in the last 10 games after starting the first 11 of the season. In the 10 games in which he’s come off the bench, Cooper has five double-doubles. That’s two more than any other bench player this season.
Ugly Stat Line of the Night - Humpty Hitchens Hitchens went just 6-for-17 from the field and committed 10 turnovers as James Madison fell to Georgia State 74-58. It's just the seventh time this season a player has had double-digit turnovers, and the fifth time one of those players also shot under 40 percent. Hitchens had never had more than seven turnovers in a game.