College Basketball Nation: Reggie Hamilton

Behind the box scores: Wednesday's games

February, 16, 2012
A scan of the college basketball box scores each night guarantees all kinds of statistical oddities and standout performances. Here are some we found from Wednesday:

UAB 47, SMU 28
SMU shot 8-for-46 (17.4 percent) in scoring just 28 points in the loss. That’s the lowest field goal percentage by a team this season, and only two teams have scored fewer points in a game (Arkansas State on Nov. 22 and Towson on Jan. 4 each scored 27). Last season, SMU shot 72.3 percent in a game against Lamar, the highest field goal percentage by any team in 2010-11.

Drake 62, Bradley 55
Bradley missed all 20 of its 3-point attempts in the loss, the second most 3-point attempts without a make by a team this season. South Alabama missed all 24 3-point attempts in a loss to Florida State on Nov. 20.

Oakland 76, Southern Utah 68 (OT)
Four of Oakland’s starters did not make a field goal, the first time this season a team has done that. Drew Valentine played the full 45 minutes without a field goal, the most minutes by any player without a basket in a game this season. The one starter who did make a field goal, Reggie Hamilton, also made all 13 of his free throw attempts. It’s the third time Hamilton has gone at least 12-for-12 from the line; no other player has done it more than once.

Air Force 58, Wyoming 53
Air Force became the second team this season to win a game despite not recording an offensive rebound (Norfolk State on Nov. 27 against Eastern Kentucky was the other). No team last season failed to record an offensive rebound in a game.

Marist 72, Loyola (MD) 54
Marist’s Adam Kemp had 17 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocks in the Red Foxes’ win. Kemp is the fourth player this year with at least 15 points, 10 rebounds and eight blocks in a game, joining Kentucky’s Anthony Davis, Auburn’s Kenny Gabriel and Kansas’ Jeff Withey.
Walker Dominated Glass in Return to Nashville
Andre Walker spent four years at Vanderbilt, graduating in May. Now playing for Xavier, his return to Nashville couldn’t have gone better. Xavier beat Vanderbilt in overtime 82-70, as Walker hauled in a career-high 14 rebounds. The Musketeers held a 54-33 edge on the boards, the worst beating the Commodores have taken on the boards at home since 2002 against Mississippi State. Vanderbilt hadn’t lost a home game in overtime since 2006. The Commodores were 35-2 at home against non-conference foes in the previous four seasons. This season, they are 3-2.

Hamilton Perfect Against Tennessee
Reggie Hamilton scored a career-high 35 points as Oakland knocked off Tennessee 89-81. He went 15-15 at the line, the second best performance in school history. In 1991, Tom Eller his all 17 free throws that he attempted. Hamilton joins Oregon State’s Jared Cunningham as the only players with back-to-back game of 34 or more points this season. Oakland is now 2-0 all-time against Tennessee, having also defeated the Vols last season.

Iona’s Double-Double Duo
Michael Glover and Scott Machado continued to put up gaudy numbers, as Iona beat Long Island 100-84. Glover went off for 28 points and 14 rebounds, his second straight game reaching at least those totals. He’s the first player to reach those numbers in back-to-back games since Lipscomb’s Adnan Hodzic in 2010. Meanwhile, Machado made it five double-doubles in five games. He’s now averaging 18.6 ppg and 12.2 apg. Only two players in D-I history have averaged double digit points and assists in a season: Southern’s Avery Johnson and Bradley’s Anthony Manuel, both in 1987-88.

Lillard Leads Nation in Scoring
The nation has a new top scorer. Weber State’s Damian Lillard scored 36 points in an 87-70 loss to Saint Mary’s to push his season average up to 25.6 ppg. Lillard had 26 points in the second half, including 21 straight during a 10-minute stretch. The junior guard played only nine games last season before suffering a foot injury that caused him to miss all remaining games. His 36 points matched a career high.

Can’t Miss, Still Lose
St. Francis (PA) shot 63.9 percent from the field, but still came up short in a 65-63 loss to Niagara. That’s the highest field goal percentage in a loss in almost four years. In December 2007, Howard shot 65.7 percent against Furman, but lost 67-62. The Red Flash shot 71.4 percent in the first half on Monday, but ultimately blew an 18-point halftime lead. The 63.9 FG pct marked the best shooting performance by St. Francis since shooting 64.0 percent in December 1998 against Maryland-Eastern Shore.

Rapid Reaction: Texas 85, Oakland 81

March, 18, 2011
TULSA, Okla. -- Quick thoughts from Texas' 85-81 win over Oakland Friday afternoon.

Overview: Texas played about 30 minutes of dominant basketball and 10 minutes of shaky basketball in defeating the Golden Grizzlies. Oakland mounted a spirited comeback that got as close as five points in the final minute, and had a Reggie Hamilton 3-pointer spin out that could have cut the deficit to three, but couldn't come any closer. The Longhorns' size played a major factor in limiting Oakland inside.

Turning point: Leading by seven points early in the second half, Texas went on an 11-2 run to boost the lead to 16. Oakland was in serious catch-up mode after that.

Key player: Tristan Thompson won a high-level paint battle with Oakland's Keith Benson, racking up 17 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high seven blocked shots.

Key stat: Texas has been a wobbly free throw shooting team this season but made 80 percent of its attempts on Friday, which helped the Longhorns preserve their lead late.

Miscellaneous: Jordan Hamilton's 3-point struggles continued for Texas, but he drove the ball with authority to finish with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Fellow sophomore J'Covan Brown led the Horns with 21 points and also chipped in six rebounds.

What's next: Texas moves on to the round of 32 to face the winner of Memphis-Arizona. Oakland ponders life without Benson.