Monday, December 21, 2009
Inside Sunday's box scores
By Jeremy Lundblad
Five things to know from Sunday's action:
1. Baylor’s Ekpe Udoh finally appears to be living up to the promise that he flashed in his two years at Michigan. In Sunday’s 94-63 win over Texas-Arlington, Udoh fell a block shy of a triple-double. He set career-highs in points (22) and rebounds (16), while tying his best single-game block total (9). It was the first 20-point, 15-rebound game for a Baylor player since Lawrence Roberts in 2003. After recording only one double-double in two full seasons as a Wolverine, Udoh has six this season for the 9-1 Bears.
2. Kent State’s Chris Singletary had a tremendous all-around game in an 85-76 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. He put up 14 points and matched a career-high with 10 assists, in addition to 7 rebounds and 6 steals. That is just the fourth 10-point, 10-assist, 5-steal, 5-rebound game this season. Only Singletary and Southern Illinois’s Kevin Dillard have done so against Division I opponents. The Golden Flashes finished with 25 assists -- their most against a D-I opponent since 2003 – on 29 field goals.
3. Sam Houston State’s Gilberto Clavell exploded for a career-high 34 points on 14-for-17 shooting in the Bearkats' 107-89 win at Auburn. Clavell is averaging 27.0 ppg in three games this month. However, Clavell’s 34 points are not the most by a Bearkat this season. Corey Allmond scored 37 a month ago against Kentucky. Sam Houston State is the only school from which two different players have posted a 34-point game this season.
4. Connecticut escaped with a 60-51 win over UCF despite a first half in which the Huskies had nearly as many turnovers (13) as points (20). Perhaps the strangest stat coming out of this game concerns the UConn bench, which attempted only two field goals in 65 minutes of action. Other teams have had fewer attempts off the bench this season, but not while relying on their bench for so many minutes. In fact, the next fewest field goal attempts for a bench playing at least 65 minutes was four by Mount St. Mary’s in November. The Huskies’ Gavin Edwards finished with 11 rebounds and a career-high seven blocks as a reserve. However, he only attempted one field goal in 34 minutes. That is the second-most minutes played off the bench this season with one or fewer field goal attempts.
5. With all five starters in double figures, Marshall blew out High Point 109-76 on Sunday. It marked the Thundering Herd’s second straight 100-point effort and third this month. Marshall is averaging a national-best 100.2 ppg in December, and is outscoring opponents by an average of 42.2 points. However, two of its five games have come against non-D-I opponents. Marshall’s next game will not be so easy. The Herd head to Chapel Hill on Tuesday to face the Tar Heels.