College Basketball Nation: Kyle Downey

Player of the Night - Kyle Downey
Less than five minutes into the game, Siena trailed Iona 20-2. But the Saints climbed back in it on the back of Kyle Downey. When Siena went into the break down by 10, Downey had two points, three turnovers and three fouls. The second half was a different story. He scored 14 points on 6-8 from the field. That included seven points in the final five minutes, as Downey put Siena up for good.

Filling Up the Stat Sheet – Thomas Robinson
Robinson had 18 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks in Kansas' 64-54 win over Texas A&M. But perhaps the most impressive aspect of Robinson’s evening? He went 10-for-10 from the free throw line. Not bad for a player with a career 54.6 free throw percentage. It’s the most makes without a miss by a Jayhawk since Wayne Simien in 2005.

Breakout Performance - D.J. Brown
Brown scored a career-high 33 points (nearly 27 more than his season average) as San Jose State snapped a five-game losing streak with a 78-70 win over Cal State Bakersfield. The performance set a school record for points by a freshman. He came into Monday averaging 6.4 ppg with an ugly 34.3 field goal percentage. But on this night, Brown couldn't miss. He went 9-for-11 from the field, including 6-for-7 from long distance.

Bench Star – Chris Cooper
There are 24 Division I players averaging a double-double. Only one comes off the bench. Old Dominion's Chris Cooper had 15 points and 10 rebounds off the bench in Monday’s 69-57 win over Northeastern. He’s come off the bench in the last 10 games after starting the first 11 of the season. In the 10 games in which he’s come off the bench, Cooper has five double-doubles. That’s two more than any other bench player this season.

Ugly Stat Line of the Night - Humpty Hitchens
Hitchens went just 6-for-17 from the field and committed 10 turnovers as James Madison fell to Georgia State 74-58. It's just the seventh time this season a player has had double-digit turnovers, and the fifth time one of those players also shot under 40 percent. Hitchens had never had more than seven turnovers in a game.

Handshakes optional

March, 7, 2010
Saturday featured a couple of games after which the time-honored tradition of postgame handshakes wasn't exactly followed.

Siena coach Fran McCaffery made most of his players leave the bench with time winding down during a MAAC quarterfinal game so they wouldn't have to be in the handshake line after a physical win against Manhattan.

Siena Saints Blog has video of McCaffery explaining the move and getting testy when the media tried to question him about it.
The Siena coach ordered his players back into the locker room after Siena’s 78-61 win over the Jaspers Saturday night. McCaffery was so insistent that when he found Kyle Downey still sitting at the end of the bench he told him leave the sideline immediately.

In the post game press conference Coach McCaffery claimed it was to protect against any form of altercation between the two team’s players, but refused to go into greater detail.

Meanwhile, USC coach Kevin O'Neill, in his return to Arizona, was so upset (mainly with the officiating) that he didn't wait around to shake the hands of his former players while they celebrated Nic Wise beating the buzzer again for the win.

According to the Arizona Daily Star:
UA players seemed annoyed that, after O'Neill shook hands with (Arizona coach Sean) Miller, he promptly walked off the court while the Wildcats celebrated at halfcourt.

When Arizona's Nic Wise was asked if he talked to O'Neill before or after the game, teammate Jamelle Horne cut him off.

"Not even after the game," Horne said. "He didn't shake our hands after the game."