Thursday, February 2, 2012
Wednesday recap: Mavunga goes 19-19-8
By Jeremy Lundblad, ESPN Stats & Info
Player of the Night: Julian Mavunga
The senior carried Miami (OH) to a 62-57 overtime win over Eastern Michigan, leading all players with 19 points, 19 rebounds and eight assists. Both his rebound and assist totals are career-highs.
No player in the nation is relied upon more than Mavugna. Even though he’s not even in the top 50 in scoring, he’s put up 30.8 percent of the Redhawks points, that’s fourth most in the nation according to bbstate.com.
Mavunga also has 39.0 percent of Miami’s rebounds, which ranks second in the nation. The only other player who is even in the top 20 in both categories is West Virginia’s Kevin Jones.
Lofty Comparison: Thomas Robinson = Blake Griffin
Leading by just three points at halftime, Kansas pulled away in the second half to beat Oklahoma, 84-62. Once again, Robinson was huge with 20 points and 17 rebounds, numbers that would be eye-popping if he wasn’t doing it so consistently. Robinson now has four games this season with at least 19 points and 17 rebounds. No one else has three such games. The last major conference player with four 19-17 games in a season? Blake Griffin, who did it 10 times in 2008-09.
Bench Star: God’sgift Achiuwa
It’s hard to believe St. John’s could win a road game when Moe Harkless goes 2-for-15 from the field, but that’s just what happened Wednesday at DePaul. The Redmen got a career-high 29 points from D’Angelo Harrison. But the biggest boost came from Achiuwa, who scored 15 points in 18 minutes off the bench, hitting all seven of his shots. It was the best shooting performance for a Big East player off the bench this season.
Road Show: Evansville
The Aces put on an offensive display in a 93-62 win at Bradley. Not only did they shoot 60.3 percent from the field, but also combined on 31 assists -- 18 more than Bradley. (Colt Ryan and Denver Holmes combined for 47 points and 20 assists.) The last time a team had more assists in a true road game? UCF in February 2003.
Ugly Stat Line of the Night: Connecticut (except Andre Drummond)
The Huskies’ offense came up empty in a 58-44 loss at Georgetown. It was the fewest points for the Huskies since scoring 42 against Syracuse in 1999. Connecticut has failed to score 50 points in back-to-back games for the first time since 1964. Drummond went 9-for-12 from the field, but the rest of the Huskies combined to shoot 18.8 percent (9-for-48).