Thursday, March 1, 2012
Wednesday recap: Seniors shine in victory
By Jeremy Lundblad, ESPN Stats & Info
Player of the Night – Jared Sullinger
In a heartbreaking result for Northwestern, Sullinger’s turnaround with 3 seconds to go gave Ohio State a 75-73 victory. The sophomore finished with 22 points and a season-high 18 rebounds. Sullinger is the first Big Ten player with those totals in a conference game since Penn State’s Jarrett Stephens in 2000. He equaled Northwestern’s rebounding total, as the Buckeyes held a 44-18 advantage on the glass.
Senior of the Night – Tyler Zeller
Zeller made his final home game a memorable one, as North Carolina beat Maryland 88-64. Zeller went 20-for-23 at the line, breaking Tyler Hansbrough’s Smith Center record for free throws made. He fell one make shy of York Larese’s school record set in 1959. Zeller finished with 30 points, eight rebounds and three blocks.
Stat Sheet Stuffer – Andrew Nicholson
St. Bonaventure locked up a bye in the A-10 Tournament with a 98-93 double-overtime win over Saint Joseph's. It’s the Bonnies’ second win in their last 19 meetings with the Hawks. Nicholson helped solidify his A-10 Player of the Year candidacy with 32 points and 14 rebounds. He’s averaging 30 points and 12 rebounds over the Bonnies’ past four games, all wins. Nicholson is now just six points shy of 2,000 for his career.
Breakout Performance – Jaquon Parker
Cincinnati can feel a whole lot safer about the bubble after a 72-61 win over Marquette. The Bearcats have their signature win, and can now claim six wins over the RPI Top 50. The story of the game was the emergence of Parker, who finished with a career-high 28 points. He’d averaged just 6 points over his previous 14 games.
Ugly Stat Line – Russ Smith
Louisville put up an ugly performance at home, shooting just 34 percent in a 58-51 loss to South Florida. Primarily coming off the bench, Smith is Louisville’s second-leading scorer at 12 points per game. But Wednesday, he went 0-for-8 from the field in 17 minutes of action. Over their past three home games, the Cardinals are averaging 53 points and shooting 36 percent from the field.