College Basketball Nation: Jud Dillard

Numbers to Know: Thursday recap

January, 11, 2013
Player of the Night -- Damen Bell-Holter, Oral Roberts Golden Eagles
Oral Roberts moved to 3-0 in Southland play courtesy of a massive game from Bell-Holter. He finished with 25 points and a career-high 20 rebounds in an 80-74 win over Northwestern State. He’s the first player with a 25-20 game this season, and the first since Towson's Robert Nwanko last year. Oral Roberts hasn’t seen it done since Caleb Green did it in 2004.

Stat Sheet Stuffer -- E.J. Singler, Oregon
Oregon handed Arizona its first loss of the season, as Singler put together a complete performance. The senior finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in the 70-66 win. He’s the first Oregon player to post those totals against a ranked team since Luke Ridnour did it against Kansas in 2002. It’s the second time Singler has had seven assists in a game. Both have been against Arizona.

Scorer of the Night -- Jud Dillard, Tennessee Tech
Dillard matched a career-high with 34 points in Tennessee Tech’s 77-73 comeback win at Eastern Illinois. That included 22 points in the second half, as the Golden Eagles erased a 15-point deficit.

Freshman of the Night -- Brandon Peel, Central Connecticut
Coming into the game averaging 2.2 PPG and 4.5 RPG, Peel had a breakout game in CCSU’s 84-78 win over Sacred Heart. The freshman posted career highs with 17 points, 17 rebounds and four blocks. He’s the first freshman to reach those totals since Tony Mitchell of North Texas last February.

Duo of the Night -- Trevor Noack and Ian Clark, Belmont
Noack and Clark both scored 30 points, as Belmont rolled over Southeast Missouri State 107-72. They are the first pair of teammates to score 30 or more in a game this season, and the first since Eastern Kentucky's Jaron Jones and Mike DiNunno last January. Their 60 combined points matches the most combined in a game this season. Holy Cross teammates Dave Dudzinski and Justin Burrell did it on Tuesday.

Thursday recap: Racers rally, remain perfect

February, 3, 2012
Player of the Night: Isaiah Canaan
Trailing at the half and down 11 points with 17 minutes to go, Murray State’s undefeated season was in serious jeopardy. That’s when Canaan took over, scoring 24 points in the final 16:30. During that same stretch, Southeast Missouri State scored just 27 points. Canaan finished with 32 points as the Racers won, 81-73. It was Murray State’s fourth win after trailing at halftime.

Scoring Star Part I: Lamont Jones
Iona cruised to a 105-86 win over Canisius behind a career-high 43 points from Jones. The Arizona transfer went 16-for-23 from the field, including 7-for-12 from 3-point range. His 43 points set a Hynes Center record that had held up since 1984. It’s also tied for the second-highest scoring game in school history, and the most points since Sean Green’s 43 in 1991.

Scoring Star Part II: Damian Lillard
The nation’s leading scorer had one of his best games of the season, scoring 40 points in a 92-79 win over Portland State. The win moved Weber State to 9-1 in the Big Sky Conference. It was Lillard’s second 40-point performance of the season, the only player who can make that claim. Last season, only Jimmer Fredette (four) and Marshon Brooks (two) had multiple 40-point games. Lillard is on track to be the first player to average 25 points, five rebounds and three assists per game since Lester Hudson in 2008-09.

Scoring Duo: Kevin Murphy and Jud Dillard
Murphy (33) and Dillard (29) combined for 62 points in Tennessee Tech’s 94-88 win over Austin Peay. Both players are averaging more than 18 points per game. The only other team with multiple players averaging 18 points per game is Central Connecticut, which actually has three. Murphy and Dillard average a combined 39.8 points per game, which makes them the second-highest scoring duo in the nation behind Weber State’s Lillard and Scott Bamforth (40.7).

Strange Line of the Night: Chris Cooper
In Old Dominion’s 80-71 win over James Madison, Cooper grabbed 22 rebounds – matching the second-most rebounds in a game this season. The last ODU player with more rebounds in a game was Clifton Jones in 2001. Now for the strange part. Cooper went 1-for-7 from the field. The last time a player grabbed 20 rebounds and shot less than 15 percent? Marshall’s Tyler Wilkerson in 2009.