College Basketball Nation: Stephen Hurt

Numbers to Know: Weekend Recap

January, 14, 2013
Player of the Weekend - Elston Turner, Texas A&M
Scoring a career-high 40 points, Turner carried the Aggies to an 83-71 win at Kentucky. That’s the most points by a Texas A&M player since Don Marbury’s 41 points against Baylor more than 28 years ago. It’s also the fifth most by an Aggie in a road game. But the venue makes this performance particularly unique. According to Kentucky, Turner is the first opposing player to score 40 points in Rupp Arena since LSU's Chris Jackson in 1990.

Stat Sheet Stuffer - Richard Howell, NC State
Howell had 16 points and 18 rebounds, as NC State knocked off No. 1 Duke, 84-76. Over the last 15 seasons, he’s the fourth player with those numbers in a win over the AP No. 1, joining UNLV’s Mike Moser, Pitt’s DeJuan Blair and UNC’s Antawn Jamison. In the second half, Howell alone outrebounded the Blue Devils 14-13.

Freshman of the Weekend - Anthony Bennett, UNLV
Bennett scored 22 points and added a career-high 16 rebounds as UNLV held off Air Force, 76-71, in overtime. He’s just the fourth freshman to reach those totals in a game this season, joining Lipscomb’s Stephen Hurt, Baylor’s Isaiah Austin and High Point’s John Brown. The Rebels improved to 19-1 all-time at home against Air Force.

Bench Player of the Weekend – Kenyon McNeail, Louisiana Tech
McNeail scored a career-high 34 points off the bench in Louisiana Tech’s 73-71 win at UTSA. That’s tied for the second-most points off the bench this season. No WAC player since at least 1996-97 has scored that many as a reserve. McNeail tied Johnny Miller’s 16-year-old school record with nine 3-pointers made.

Ugly Stat Line of the Weekend – Vanderbilt Commodores
Lowlighted by just 11 points in the first half, Vanderbilt scored just 33 points in a 23-point loss to Arkansas. It’s the second time this season that Vanderbilt has scored just 33, having also done so against Marist in November. Prior to that, Vanderbilt’s offense hadn’t produced 33 or fewer points in a game since 1982. The Commodores’ 26 turnovers were their most in almost 11 years.

Numbers To Know: Thursday Recap

December, 21, 2012
Player of the Night – Isaiah Sykes, UCF Knights
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.

Stat Sheet Stuffer – Mason Plumlee, Duke Blue Devils
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.

Bench Player of the Night – Tyrone Garland, La Salle Explorers
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.

Scorer of the Night = Daman Starring, UC-Irvine Anteaters
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.

Freshman of the Night – Stephen Hurt, Lipscomb Bisons
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.

Numbers to Know: Tuesday Recap

December, 19, 2012
Player of the Night -- Hal Bateman, Stephen F. Austin
Oklahoma had won 36 straight nonconference home games before Tuesday’s 56-55 loss to Stephen F. Austin. That streak dated back to the Lumberjacks’ 2007 win in Norman. Bateman provided the go-ahead free throws on his way to a career-high 13 points and nine assists. The real story continues to be defense. The Lumberjacks allow 0.77 points per possession, the fewest in the nation.

Debut of the Night -- Kris Dunn, Providence
Playing in his first career game, Dunn’s 13 assists against Colgate were the most by a Big East freshman since Craig Austrie in 2005.

It tied Providence’s freshman record, last accomplished in 2002. ESPN 100’s second highest rated freshman point guard in the nation, Dunn already has the second-most assists in a game by a freshman this season behind the 14 from Furman’s Stephen Croone.

Stat Sheet Stuffer -- Solomon Hill, Arizona
In Arizona’s 89-64 win over Oral Roberts, Hill finished with 12 points, 5 assists, 6 rebounds, 6 steals and 2 blocks. He’s the only Pac-12 player to reach all of those levels in at least the past 15 seasons. No power conference player had done it since Florida State’s Chris Singleton in 2010.

Scorer of the Night -- Dave Dudzinski, Holy Cross
Dudzinski scored a career-high 31 points in the Crusaders’ 73-63 win at San Francisco. That’s eight more than his previous career best, and it’s the most points by a Holy Cross player in a road game since Tim Clifford in 2008.

Freshman of the Night -- Stephen Hurt, Lipscomb
Hurt went off for 23 points and 18 rebounds, as Lipscomb beat Austin Peay 87-84. Most impressively, that came in just 26 minutes due to foul trouble. For some perspective, the last two freshmen with a 23-18 game were Jared Sullinger and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist last December.