Monday, February 27, 2012
Weekend Recap: Davis states case for POY
By Jeremy Lundblad, ESPN Stats & Info
Player of the Weekend – Anthony Davis With 28 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks, Davis had a performance worthy of a national player of the year. Kentucky held on at home with an 83-74 win over Vanderbilt. He is now two blocks away from tying Alvin Jones for the fifth most blocks ever by a freshman. Not only would Davis be the second freshman to win the AP Player of the Year, he’d be the first Kentucky player to be so honored.
Stat Sheet Stuffer – Jamaal Franklin San Diego State picked up its fifth win over an RPI top-50 opponent, beating Colorado State 74-66. Franklin had a monster game with 31 points and 16 rebounds. It’s the first 30-15 game by a guard since Lehigh’s C.J. McCollum last season. After averaging 2.9 points per game as a freshman, Franklin is putting up 16.4 points per game and is a top contender for the nation’s most improved player.
Strange Stat Line – Chris Gaston Gaston matched a season-high 35 points to go with 16 rebounds, leading Fordham to a 67-62 win over La Salle. There have been only three 35-15 games this season and Gaston has two of them. Now for the strange part: Somehow, 15 of his 16 rebounds came at the offensive end. That’s the most offensive boards in a game since New Mexico State’s Chris Jackson had 15 in 2003.
Farewell Performance – Hofstra Seniors Entering their final home game, Hofstra’s seniors probably haven’t had the season they envisioned. But Saturday they combined to lead the Pride to a 93-64 win over UNC-Wilmington. Mike Moore and Nathaniel Lester combined for 50 points, while Dwan McMillan had a career-high 15 assists. That was one assist shy of a school record set in the 1983-84 season.
Ugly Stat Line of the Weekend – Nebraska Cornhuskers Nebraska’s offense came up empty in a 62-34 loss to Michigan State. It was the Cornhuskers' lowest point total of the shot-clock era, and the fewest points by a Big Ten team this season.