Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Taylor, Robinson help deal Baylor first loss
By Jeremy Lundblad
Player of the Night – Tyshawn Taylor
Taylor finished with 28 points and six assists in Kansas’ 92-74 win over Baylor. Taylor connected on 10 of his 14 shots, including 4-6 from three-point range. He’s now had back-to-back games with a career-high 28 points. It’s been a tumultuous season for Taylor, who had 11 turnovers against Duke in November and was pulled from the starting lineup against Long Beach State. On Monday, the senior had the best game of his college career.
Filling Up the Stat Sheet – Thomas Robinson
Like his teammate, Robinson had a huge game as Kansas ended Baylor’s undefeated season. The difference? Robinson’s been doing this every game. He finished with 27 points and 14 rebounds for his 13th double-double of the season. Robinson is now averaging 17.8 PPG and 12.3 RPG. Consider the last three major conference players to average 17 and 12: Blake Griffin, Michael Beasley, Tim Duncan. The last Jayhawk to do it? Wilt Chamberlain.
Small Conference Star – Kyle O’Quinn
Norfolk State improved to 6-0 in the MEAC with a 74-66 win over Coppin State. Once again, O’Quinn had a huge game, finishing with 24 points and matching a career-high with 19 rebounds. There’s something about Baltimore that brings out the best in O’Quinn. In four career games at Coppin State, he’s averaging 21.3 PPG and 17.3 RPG. Home teams were 22-6 on Monday, but Norfolk State was one of those road wins.
Breakout Game – Melquan Bolding
Not much has gone right for Fairleigh Dickinson, and Monday was no exception. The Knights fell to 1-16 with an 87-83 loss to Longwood. The good news? A breakout performance from Melquan Bolding. The transfer from Duquesne scored 38 points, after entering the game averaging 12.9 PPG. That’s the most points in a Fairleigh Dickinson home game since James Felton had 41 back in 2002.
Ugly Stat Line of the Night – Gerardo Suero
Suero entered the night fourth in the nation in scoring at 22.4 PPG, but Monday was a different story. He went 1-for-10 from the field with eight turnovers, as Albany fell to BU 70-57. With just six points, it’s the first time Suero hasn’t scored in double figures as a Division I player.