College Basketball Nation: Evean Turner
January, 15, 2010
By Jeremy Lundblad | ESPN.com
Jarvis Varnado had 17 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocks in Mississippi State’s 82-80 win over Arkansas on Thursday. It was Varnado’s second career triple-double and the fourth in school history. He is one of just four active players with multiple triple-doubles, joining Ohio State's Evan Turner, Marshall's Hassan Whiteside and Liberty's Jesse Sanders. The last SEC player with more than one was Florida’s Nick Calathes. Perhaps even more significantly, Varnado passed Tim Duncan for third place on the all-time blocks list as he continues his pursuit of Wojciech Myrda’s record.
- At halftime against Washington State, Cal guard Jerome Randle had 11 points and nine assists and appeared to be on his way to one of the more impressive double-doubles of the season. Randle never got his double-double, but still put together one of the most impressive performances of the season. Randle scored 28 points in the second half to finish with a career-high 39 in the game. Randle and BYU’s Jimmer Fredette are the only players with 39+ points and 9+ assists in a game this season. The last player from a power six conference to go for at least 39 and 9 was Missouri’s Clarence Gilbert in a quadruple overtime game in 2001.
- Oral Roberts freshman Warren Niles entered the day having connected on one of his last 20 shots. Making his third career start on Thursday, something must have clicked. Niles scored a school freshman record 39 points and exceeded his previous career high by 23 points. His 39 points are the most by a freshman this season, besting Drew Crawford’s 35 for Northwestern. It wasn’t enough for the Golden Eagles though. Despite rallying back from a 20-point deficit to force overtime, IUPUI won 90-87.
- Georgetown shot the lights out in its win over Seton Hall. The Hoyas were 30 for 44 from the field. The 68.2 field goal percentage is the best in a Big East game under John Thompson III and the second best in school history. It was the fifth-best shooting performance by a team this season. The Hoyas starting trio of guards combined to shoot 71.4 percent, including six-for-eight from long distance.
- Gonzaga’s Elias Harris is starting to emerge as one of the top freshman in the nation. Harris, a native of Germany, scored a career-high 31 points to go with 13 rebounds in Gonzaga’s road win over Saint Mary’s. During the Bulldogs’ current five-game win streak, Harris is averaging 21.0 PPG and 10.4 RPG with a 69.5 field goal percentage.