Thursday, December 17, 2009
Inside Wednesday's box scores
By Jeremy Lundblad
Five things to know from Wednesday night's action:
1. Hassan Whiteside recorded the first triple-double in Marshall history in Wednesday’s 105-54 win over Brescia. The freshman came off the bench to record 17 points, 14 rebounds and a school-record 11 blocks. It was the sixth Division I triple-double of the season, second by a freshman, and first for a player coming off the bench. The last player with a triple-double off the bench was Chris Lowe (Massachusetts) in March 2008. Whiteside also recorded the first triple-double this season that included double-digit blocks. Last season, Cole Aldrich (Kansas) and Hasheem Thabeet (UConn) were the only players to record a triple-double of the points, rebounds and blocks variety.
2. Duquesne played its second double-overtime game of the season, beating Canisius 86-77. Every Dukes starter played at least 35 minutes, and both Damian Saunders and Bill Clark played the full 50 minutes. No team plays its starters more than Duquesne, which averages 173.6 minutes per game from its starting five. That is over 12 minutes per game more than the next team. Clark is averaging 38.2 minutes per game, third most in the nation. Duquesne is only getting 8.2 ppg off the bench, second fewest in D-I (USC is averaging 7.9).
3. In case there was any doubt, Chris Warren made it clear that he is back during Ole Miss’ 91-81 overtime win over UTEP. The Rebels guard suffered a torn ACL last season in the midst of a breakout sophomore campaign. On Wednesday, he poured in a career-high 32 points thanks in part to a 13-for-15 performance at the free throw line. However, Warren’s night was not always smooth sailing. With five minutes to go in the first half, he had already scored 17 points. He didn’t score again until there were 69 seconds left in regulation. He wound up scoring 11 points in the overtime period, with nine coming at the free throw line.
4. How do you explain DePaul’s loss at home to a 1-8 team? Maybe there was one player the Blue Demons didn’t completely see coming. American’s Vlad Moldoveanu was playing in his first game for the Eagles after transferring from George Mason in the middle of last season. The 6-foot-9 Romanian came off the bench to score a career-high 26 points, the most scored by an Eagles player this season. The entire American starting lineup only had five more points than Moldoveanu. It is also the most points scored off the bench this season against a power six conference team.
5. Clemson’s Trevor Booker seems to have added a new dimension to his arsenal. In the first 109 games of the senior’s career, he never had more than five assists in a game. Ten days ago, he had seven assists against South Carolina. Then last night, he was in distribution mode again. Booker was one assist shy of a triple-double, finishing with 13 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists in an 80-63 win at East Carolina. One has to think Oliver Purnell wanted to get him that triple-double, though. Booker matched his season-high of 35 minutes in a game where East Carolina trailed by 17 at the half and never really threatened.