Friday, February 17, 2012
Thursday recap: Curry powers Duke
By By Jeremy Lundblad
First Half of the Night – Jeffery Taylor
Taylor had 23 of his game-high 28 points in the first half, as Vanderbilt defeated Ole Miss 102-76. He hit his first seven shots and was 8-for-10 in the first half. Taylor finished two points shy of his career-high. With a 25-point halftime lead, his scoring wasn’t needed in the second half.
Second Half of the Night – Seth Curry
Duke trailed by 20 points with 11-and-a-half minutes remaining, but the Blue Devils outscored NC State 37-12 the rest of the way. Curry himself outscored the Wolfpack 16-12 in that stretch, and he had 20 of his 26 points in the second half, setting a career high at Duke (he scored 35 as a freshman at Liberty).
Stat Sheet Stuffer – Draymond Green
Michigan State made relatively easy work of Wisconsin with a 69-55 win, as Green went for 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. It’s his fourth 20-10-5 game this season. Lehigh’s C.J. McCollum (two) is the only other player with more than one such game. Over the previous 15 seasons, the only major conference players with four or more such games in a season are Evan Turner (six), Carmelo Anthony (four) and Tim Duncan (five).
Freshman of the Night – Matt Carlino
Carlino scored a career-high 30 points, including the game-winning layup with 18 seconds to go, as BYU edged San Francisco 85-84. The freshman exploded out of the gates with 20 points in the first eight minutes. He’s the first BYU player to score 30 since Jimmer Fredette, but even Jimmer never scored 20 as a freshman.
Ugly Stat Line of the Night – Virginia Tech
Perhaps credit should instead go to Florida State for erasing a nine-point deficit with less than 90 seconds remaining. But look at the ineptitude of Virginia Tech’s finish to the game. In the final eight minutes, Virginia Tech went 1-for-8 from the field and 3-for-10 from the line. That allowed Michael Snaer's 3-pointer with four seconds left to give the Seminoles a 48-47 win.