Monday, November 26, 2012
Behind the numbers: Weekend stars
By Jeremy Lundblad, ESPN Stats & Info
Player of the Weekend: Elias Harris
After leading Gonzaga over Oklahoma on Friday, Harris put up 24 points on 9-for-11 from the field against Davidson on Sunday to capture the Old Spice Classic title. Harris added 10 rebounds and two blocks. In two career games against Davidson, Harris is averaging 25.5 points per game on 80 percent shooting.
Freshman of the Weekend: Jahii Carson
The Sun Devils fell short against Doug McDermott and Creighton 87-73, but Carson did just about everything he could to keep them in it on Saturday.
He became just the fourth Arizona State freshman to score 30 in a game. It’s the first time a Sun Devil freshman scored 30 points away from Tempe.
Carson is also the first freshman from a power six conference to score 30 points this season. A top 50 recruit in the Class of 2011, Carson was ineligible last season.
Stat Sheet Stuffer: Stan Okoye
Okoye went off for 30 points and 16 rebounds as VMI defeated Elon 90-81 on Saturday. He’s the first player with a 30-15 game in Division I this season. Okoye also added four assists, three steals and two blocks.
He’s the first to reach those levels in all five categories since Georgetown’s Michael Sweetney in 2003. Before that, you’d have to go back to Virginia Tech’s Ace Custis in 1996.
Comeback of the Weekend: Cal Poly
UCLA blew an 18-point lead in the second half to lose to Cal Poly 70-68.
Over the final 12 minutes of the game, the Mustangs outscored the Bruins 37-17, going 6-for-11 from 3-point range. Cal Poly scored more points in those final 12 minutes (37) than it did in the game’s first 28 minutes (33).
It’s the Mustangs first ever win against UCLA (1-5), and ties the highest-ranked opponent they’ve ever defeated.
Breakout Performance of the Weekend: Kyan Anderson
After averaging just 8.2 points per game in the first six games of the season, Anderson dropped a career-high 35 points in TCU’s 76-73 win over UAB. It stands as the most points by a Big 12 player so far this season. It’s also the most by a TCU player since Kevin Langford put up 36 in 2009.