Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Stats to see: Towson needs to flip calendar
By Jeremy Lundblad
Brothers leads Spiders
In three years at Richmond, Darien Brothers had only topped 20 points once. On Tuesday, he poured in a career-high 38 points in the Spiders’ 90-82 overtime win over Old Dominion. It was the most points by a Richmond player since Greg Stevenson's 38 in 2001. With 11 points in overtime, Brothers outscored the entire Old Dominion team. He joins former Kentucky Wildcats star Jodie Meeks as two of the four players in the past five seasons with at least seven 3s and 13 free throws in a game.
Towson loses 30th straight, among six winless
With losses on Tuesday, Towson and Grambling State remained winless on the season. They are two of the six schools still without a win (also Chicago State, Northern Illinois, Hartford, Binghamton).Things are particularly rough for Towson, which lost its 30th straight game. If the Tigers don’t beat Vermont on Friday, they will have gone a full calendar year without a win. Grambling State scored 40 points on Tuesday, and is averaging just 42.5 per game.
Sanders makes Vines Center history
Liberty’s Jesse Sanders handed out 16 assists in a 91-73 win over Montreat. That set a Vines Center record, and matched Kendall Marshall for the most in a game this season. It was three more than Sanders’ previous career high. Sanders joined Scott Machado and Marshall as the only players with 100 assists already this season. Sanders’ total could have been much higher. He notched his 16th assist with 5:52 left in the game.
Thrilling finishes on a quiet night
Despite a rather limited slate of games, Tuesday brought three big time finishes. Most notably, C.J. Leslie scored off of a full-court pass from C.J. Williams with 0.8 seconds remaining to give NC State a 67-65 win over Saint Bonaventure. Leslie had been held scoreless for the previous eight minutes. Norfolk State beat Toledo thanks to a Kyle O’Quinn’s bucket with 2.4 seconds remaining. Western Carolina edged Bradley 68-67 thanks to a runner from Keaton Cole with 5.7 seconds to go.
Anson imitates Jimmer
BYU’s Anson Winder did something Tuesday that Jimmer Fredette only did five times last season. In the Cougars’ 93-78 win over Buffalo, Winder hit six 3-pointers. After scoring a combined 43 points in his first 10 games, Winder came off the bench for 20 points in this one. It was the most points off the bench for a Brigham Young Cougars player since Jackson Emery scored 23 last December. The Cougars also got career efforts from Brock Zylstra (26 points) and Matt Carlino (11 assists).