Sykes recorded the third triple-double in UCF history -- and the first since Kingsley Edwards in 2005 -- in the Knights’ 83-66 win over Stetson. The junior finished with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.
Sykes is averaging 14.9 points per game, 6.3 rebounds per game and 5.1 assists per game. Over the past five seasons, only Belmont’s Alex Renfroe and Ohio State’s Evan Turner finished the year with those numbers.
Plumlee had 21 points and 15 rebounds, as Duke defeated Elon for its 100th consecutive nonconference home win. That’s his third 20-15 game already this season, the most for a Duke player since Shelden Williams in 2005-06.
There’s something about playing in Philadelphia that turns Garland into a scoring machine. He’s the third leading scorer in the history of the Philadelphia Public League, just eight points behind Wilt Chamberlain.
On Thursday, he played in his first home game at La Salle since transferring from Virginia Tech. Garland scored a career-high 26 points off the bench -- including 19 in the second half -- as La Salle beat Iona 88-74. That’s the most points off the bench for an Explorer since Gary Neal’s 32 in 2003.
UC-Irvine beat USC for the first time since 1983, and just the second time ever. Starring scored a game-high 23 points, including five 3s. With wins at Fresno State and USC, UC-Irvine has won back-to-back nonconference road games for just the second time in the past seven seasons. The Trojans have now lost six of their past seven games.
Lipscomb gave Memphis a good scare, but ultimately fell short 62-56. Hurt finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds, his third straight double-double. Over the past three games, Hurt is averaging 16.7 points per game and 14.0 rebounds per game.