Friday, January 13, 2012
Thursday recap: The best (and worst)
By Jeremy Lundblad
Player of the Night: Dominique Morrison
Morrison's free throw with 1.4 seconds remaining in double overtime was the difference as Oral Roberts outlasted Western Illinois 71-70. Morrison finished with 27 points in 50 minutes of action.
It's his seventh straight game topping 20 points. Morrison is averaging 27.1 during the stretch, while shooting 60.5 percent from beyond the arc. Currently 16th in the nation in scoring, Morrison is the top scorer over the past three weeks.
Filling the Stat Sheet: Matthew Dellavedova leads rout over Gonzaga
Saint Mary's picked up its second largest win ever against Gonzaga, beating the Bulldogs 83-62 in Moraga. It fell just one point shy of a 22-point win in 1989.
One game after scoring a career-high 27, Dellavedova scored 26 points to go with six assists. He's one of only five Division I players averaging 15 points per game and 6 assists per game. The others: Vincent Council, Zack Rosen, Jordan Theodore and Tim Frazier.
Statistical Oddity: Scott Machado dishes in a loss
Machado handed out 16 assists, but Iona came up short 75-72 against Manhattan. Since 2005, only two players have had 16 assists in a loss: Illinois' Demetri McCamey against Purdue in 2010 and UConn's Marcus Williams against Notre Dame in 2005.
At 10.4 assists per game, he’s on track to be the first player to average double-digit assists since Baylor’s Nelson Haggerty in 1995.
Lofty Historical Comparison: O.D. Anosike = Tim Duncan
Anosike had 23 points and 14 assists in Siena’s 83-79 win over Rider. It’s Anosike’s 12th consecutive double-double. How much longer can Anosike keep this up? In the past 15 seasons, only one player has had at least 15 straight double-doubles: Tim Duncan.
Ugly Stat Line of the Night: Jorge Gutierrez
Gutierrez was just 2-for-17 (11.8 percent) from the field, in California’s 57-50 win over Colorado. That’s the worst shooting performance by a Pac-12 player (min. 15 shots) since Arizona State’s Bryson Krueger went 1-for-15 in 2005.