Since Seth Curry transferred to Duke in 2009, Liberty has been very much out of the limelight. But that isn't the case anymore, thanks to a player who is putting up historic numbers.
Liberty guard Jesse Sanders had 10 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds on Thursday in a loss to Winthrop. It was his third straight double-double and 10th double-double of the season. Sanders has eight games this season with at least eight points, eight rebounds and eight assists. To put that in perspective, Providence's Vincent Council (3) is the only other D-I player with more than two such games this season.
Sanders became the first player in D-I history with a triple-double in each of his four collegiate seasons, posting 14 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds in an 84-78 win over High Point on Saturday.
Only three other players in D-I history have posted at least one triple-double in three collegiate seasons - Shaquille O'Neal (LSU 1989-92), Adonal Foyle (Colgate 1994-97) and Shawn James (Northeastern/Duquesne 2004-08).
Sanders' four career triple-doubles is only two shy of the all-time record of six set by both O'Neal and Drexel's Michael Anderson.
Leads Team in PPG, RPG, APG
Sanders is one of seven players in the country this season leading his team in points (12.5 PPG), rebounds (8.0 RPG) and assists (8.2 APG). If Sanders finishes the season with those averages, he would be the first player in at least 15 years to average at least eight rebounds and eight assists per game in a season.
The previous information was courtesy of Ryan Feldman
Oakland 92, South Dakota State 87
Oakland’s Travis Bader scored 37 points off the bench, the most points by a bench player this season. Bader’s 10 three-point field goals make him one of three players to hit that many in a game this season; two of the three did so off the bench.
Cal State Fullerton 70, Cal State Northridge 68
Cal State Northridge’s starters combined to play 61 minutes, the second-fewest by a team against a Division I opponent this season. Rhode Island’s starters played 58 minutes in a loss to Brown on November 30.
Monmouth 58, Central Connecticut State 56 (OT)
Malcolm McMillan of Central Connecticut played 34 minutes without attempting a field goal or free throw. Only one player this season (Jackson State’s Sydney Coleman in 35 minutes) played longer in a game without attempting a shot.
Arizona 85, Washington State 61
Washington State became the fourth Big Six school this season not to record a steal in a game.
Coastal Carolina 52, Presbyterian 49
Trillions of the Night: Tyler Deihl and Ryan McTavish of Presbyterian each played five minutes without accumulating a stat. They are the fifth pair of teammates this season to pull off that feat.