Friday, February 24, 2012
Thursday Recap: Freshman leads Aggies
By Jeremy Lundblad, ESPN Stats & Info
Player of the Night: Daniel Mullings
The freshman guard recorded New Mexico State’s first triple-double in 20 years, as the Aggies walked all over Hawaii, 115-73. Mullings finished with 28 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, all career-highs. He’d never even had a double-double before. William Benjamin recorded the Aggies last triple-double in 1992. Mullings is the first freshman with a triple-double since Wisconsin’s Josh Gasser last season.
Stat Sheet Stuffer: Ken Horton
Horton did a little bit of everything in Central Connecticut’s 78-63 win over Mount St. Mary’s. The Blue Devils' senior scored a career-high 39 points to go with 13 rebounds and five assists. Horton joins Villanova’s Maalik Wayns as the only players to reach all three of those totals in a game this season. Horton also added five steals. No one has reached those four totals in a game in, at least, the past 15 seasons. Horton stands just 81 points shy of 2,000 for his career. While one Blue Devil was scoring a career high, another Blue Devil was having a huge game off the bench for Duke.
Bench Star: Andre Dawkins
The junior scored 22 points in 21 minutes off the bench to lead Duke over Florida State, 74-66. Dawkins did most of his damage in the first half, scoring 18 points. Dawkins has come off the bench in half of his games this season, and actually has a higher scoring average as a reserve (10.4) than as a starter (9.4).
Scoring Star: Kevin Olekaibe
Olekaibe scored a career-high 43 points, including 25 in the second half, as Fresno State topped Seattle, 78-72. The 43 points set a school record for a regulation game, and it’s the most by a WAC player since Jaycee Carroll in 2007. Olekaibe also became the first Fresno State player to top 40 since Courtney Alexander in 2000.
Ugly Stat Line of the Night: Kyle Kuric
Louisville got next to nothing out of Kuric, and dropped a 60-56 decision at Cincinnati. Kuric went 0-for-11 from the field and missed all seven of his threes. It’s the worst shooting performance by a Louisville player in, at least, the past 15 seasons.