Sunday, February 5, 2012
Behind the box scores: Saturday's games
By ESPN Stats & Information
A scan of the college basketball box scores each night guarantees all kinds of statistical oddities and standout performances. Here are some we found from Saturday:
Note of the Day Six teams had three or fewer turnovers Saturday. Entering the day, only eight teams had had a game with three or fewer giveaways.
George Mason 54, Old Dominion 50 George Mason won despite shooting 27.7 percent from the field and committing 21 turnovers. The only other team to win a game this season despite shooting less than 30 percent and committing at least 20 turnovers was Kentucky on Dec. 31 against Louisville.
North Carolina 83, Maryland 74 North Carolina’s Kendall Marshall had 16 assists Saturday, matching the highest single-game total by any player this season. He had nine more assists than the entire Maryland team. That nine-assist margin is the highest this year by one player over the opposing team.
Indiana 78, Purdue 61 Purdue lost despite turning the ball over only three times. It’s the second time the Boilermakers have lost a game with three or fewer turnovers; all other Division I teams have combined to do it only four times on the year.
Valparaiso 63, Wright State 54 The Crusaders won despite registering just one offensive rebound. Only six teams this year have had a game with no more than one offensive rebound, and Valpo has done it twice. Those six teams are a combined 6-0 in those games.
Morehead State 56, Eastern Illinois 55 Morehead State attempted only 30 field goals in the win, the lowest number of field goal attempts by a team this season. The next-lowest total was achieved Saturday as well, as Valparaiso attempted only 32 shots in its win over Wright State.
Drexel 65, Towson 57 Drexel’s Frantz Massenat made all 15 of his free throw attempts Saturday, one shy of the most free throw attempts without a miss by any player this season. Massenat has now made his last 33 attempts from the charity stripe.
BYU 79, Portland 60 BYU attempted 53 free throws Saturday at Portland, five more than any other road team in a game this season.
Davidson 88, Chattanooga 61 Davidson attempted 40 3-pointers in the win, only the second time since Jan. 1 that a team has attempted that many 3s. The other instance in 2012 happened Thursday in Chattanooga’s prior game, in which Western Carolina attempted 41 from long range.