College Basketball Nation: Shane Gibson

Numbers to Know: Monday Recap

February, 26, 2013
Player of the Night – Elijah Johnson, Kansas
Johnson scored a career-high 39, handing Bill Self his 500th win. The Jayhawks ended Iowa State’s 22-game home win streak, which was the third-longest in the nation. Johnson scored 30 of those 39 after halftime, and his total is the most by a Jayhawk since Terry Brown had 42 against NC State in 1991. Johnson is just the third Big 12 player with at least 39 points and seven assists in a game, joining Clarence Gilbert and Jaquay Walls. Oddly, all three games came against the Cyclones.

Bench Player of the Night – Davante Gardner, Marquette
Gardner was a perfect 7-for-7 from the field and scored a career-high 26 in Marquette’s 74-71 win against Syracuse. The last major-conference player with more points off the bench and a perfect field-goal percentage was Maryland’s Lonny Baxter in 1998.

Stat Sheet Stuffer – Frankie Dobbs, Bryant
Bryant took another step towards the most improved season ever with an 84-68 win against Sacred Heart. The Bulldogs are 18-9 one year after going 2-28. Dobbs finished with 17 points, 10 assists and seven steals. He’s the first player to reach those totals since Dayton’s Kevin Dillard in 2011.

Scorer of the Night – Shane Gibson, Sacred Heart
Gibson poured in 30 points in that loss to Bryant, passing 2,000 points in the process. He’s one of nine active players with 2,000 points, and just the fifth NEC player to ever get there. Since the start of last season, only Doug McDermott and Nate Wolters have scored more points.

Numbers to Know: Thursday Recap

February, 22, 2013
Player of the Night – Shabazz Napier, Connecticut
Napier scored 11 of his 27 in overtime as the Huskies beat Cincinnati 73-66. That comes on the heels of his two-point performance against Villanova. Napier also matched a career-high six 3s. UConn is now 4-1 in overtime games, and in those overtimes, Napier is 8-for-12 from 3-point range.

Stat Sheet Stuffer – Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson, Temple
Hollis-Jefferson posted career highs with 23 points and 18 rebounds in the Owls’ 82-72 win against La Salle. He also led Temple with five assists. He’s the first player with a line of at least 23-18-5 since Norris Cole more than two years ago. No Atlantic 10 player has done it in at least 15 years. The win gave Temple a share of the Philadelphia Big 5 title.

Bench Player of the Night – Anthlon Bell, Arkansas
BJ Young hit the game-winner, but it was Bell who emerged from obscurity to keep the Razorbacks in it. Previously scoreless in the month of February, he went 5-for-8 from 3-point range and scored a career-high 17 points in the win against Georgia. Bell had only scored in one of Arkansas’ previous 11 games.

Freshman of the Night – Ben Millaud-Meunier, St. Francis (PA)
The Canadian takeover of college basketball continues. This time it was Quebec’s Millaud-Meunier, who hit seven 3s off the bench to finish with a career-high 26 points. The Red Flash beat Fairleigh Dickinson 69-63 for just their fourth win this season (and second at home).

Scorer of the Night – Shane Gibson, Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart fell to Quinnipiac, but don’t blame Gibson. He went off for a season-high 34 points to close within 19 points of 2,000 for his career. He certainly made a favorable impression on his new athletic director.