Stats & Info: Kevin Murphy

Monday recap: Lamb key in UConn victory

February, 21, 2012
Player of the Night Jeremy Lamb
This was supposed to be Lamb’s season, but the preseason All-American was averaging just 15.6 points per game in Big East play coming into last night. Shabazz Napier may have hit the big shot, but Lamb was the key to Connecticut’s 73-70 overtime win over Villanova. He scored a career-high 32 points, as the Huskies rallied from an 18-point deficit.

Scoring Star - Parker Smith
Smith scored a school-record 46 points as North Florida beat Mercer 75-66. It’s the second-most points scored in a game this season behind only Kevin Murphy’s 50. It also tied an Atlantic Sun record for a conference game. Coming off a 1-for-11 performance from 3-point range on Saturday, Smith went 11-for-17 from beyond the arc. That’s the most 3s in a game this season.

Freshman of the Night – Amir Garrett
Garrett entered Monday as the sixth leading scorer for St. John's, and lowest scorer in the all-freshman starting lineup. But in a 79-72 win over DePaul, Garrett poured in a career-high 18 points and nine rebounds. Maybe it has something to do with pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training. Garrett was a 22nd-round pick of the Reds, who gave him a $1 million signing bonus.

Record Breaker – Antwan Carter
Longwood came up short in a 66-52 loss to Norfolk State, but the Lancers got a new all-time leading scorer in the process. Antwan Carter scored 19 points to give him 1,808 for his career. That surpassed Kevin Jefferson’s school record. A more familiar name is third on that list: Former Portland Trail Blazer Jerome Kersey.

Free Throw Star – Pierre Jackson
Jackson scored 18 of his career-high 25 points in the second half as Baylor overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to beat Texas 77-72. Jackson went 6-for-6 from the line in the final 30 seconds to seal the win. He hit all 12 of his free throws on the night.

Thursday recap: Racers rally, remain perfect

February, 3, 2012
Player of the Night: Isaiah Canaan
Trailing at the half and down 11 points with 17 minutes to go, Murray State’s undefeated season was in serious jeopardy. That’s when Canaan took over, scoring 24 points in the final 16:30. During that same stretch, Southeast Missouri State scored just 27 points. Canaan finished with 32 points as the Racers won, 81-73. It was Murray State’s fourth win after trailing at halftime.

Scoring Star Part I: Lamont Jones
Iona cruised to a 105-86 win over Canisius behind a career-high 43 points from Jones. The Arizona transfer went 16-for-23 from the field, including 7-for-12 from 3-point range. His 43 points set a Hynes Center record that had held up since 1984. It’s also tied for the second-highest scoring game in school history, and the most points since Sean Green’s 43 in 1991.

Scoring Star Part II: Damian Lillard
The nation’s leading scorer had one of his best games of the season, scoring 40 points in a 92-79 win over Portland State. The win moved Weber State to 9-1 in the Big Sky Conference. It was Lillard’s second 40-point performance of the season, the only player who can make that claim. Last season, only Jimmer Fredette (four) and Marshon Brooks (two) had multiple 40-point games. Lillard is on track to be the first player to average 25 points, five rebounds and three assists per game since Lester Hudson in 2008-09.

Scoring Duo: Kevin Murphy and Jud Dillard
Murphy (33) and Dillard (29) combined for 62 points in Tennessee Tech’s 94-88 win over Austin Peay. Both players are averaging more than 18 points per game. The only other team with multiple players averaging 18 points per game is Central Connecticut, which actually has three. Murphy and Dillard average a combined 39.8 points per game, which makes them the second-highest scoring duo in the nation behind Weber State’s Lillard and Scott Bamforth (40.7).

Strange Line of the Night: Chris Cooper
In Old Dominion’s 80-71 win over James Madison, Cooper grabbed 22 rebounds – matching the second-most rebounds in a game this season. The last ODU player with more rebounds in a game was Clifton Jones in 2001. Now for the strange part. Cooper went 1-for-7 from the field. The last time a player grabbed 20 rebounds and shot less than 15 percent? Marshall’s Tyler Wilkerson in 2009.

Monday Recap: Murphy Hits the Big 5-0

January, 31, 2012
Player of the Night - Kevin Murphy
Murphy became the first OVC player in 20 years to score 50 points in a game. The senior guard scored 50 points on 16-for-21 from the field as Tennessee Tech topped SIUE 98-80. It broke the previous school record of 48 points by Ron Filipek in 1965-66 and Jimmy Hagan in 1958-59. It’s also the highest scoring game in Division I this season, besting Doug McDermott's 44. Murphy is the first to score 50 since Jimmer Fredette’s 52-point game against New Mexico last March.

Game-Changer – Tray Woodall
Perhaps Pittsburgh isn’t that tough to figure out. When Tray Woodall has played 25 or more minutes, Pittsburgh is 9-1. When he’s been limited or missed the game due to injury, the Panthers are 5-8. Woodall scored 24 points on Monday to lead Pittsburgh to a 72-66 win at West Virginia. After an 0-7 start in the Big East, the Panthers have won three straight and only have one more ranked foe on the schedule (No. 25 Louisville).

Bench Star - Michael Dixon
Missouri escaped Texas with a 67-66 win powered by 21 points off the bench from Michael Dixon. It was a bit of a bounce back game for Dixon, who’d averaged just 6.3 PPG over his last three games. At 12.1 PPG, Dixon is the nation’s third-leading scorer among those who have not started a game. He trails only Marist’s Chavaughn Lewis and Syracuse’s Dion Waiters.

Filling Up the Stat Sheet – Mitchell Anderson
Arkansas-Pine Bluff's Mitchell Anderson scored 25 points and blocked six shots off the bench in a 73-69 win over Jackson State. Anderson became the first substitute in over seven years with at least 25 points and five blocks in a game. Western Carolina's Rans Brempong scored 28 and blocked five shots coming off the bench on December 4, 2004 against UNC-Asheville.

Ugly Half of the Night - Norfolk State
It’s difficult to understate the difference between the first half and second half for Norfolk State on Monday. The Spartans missed their first 18 shots and faced a 12-0 deficit out of the gates. At halftime, Norfolk State had 13 points on 4-for-27 from the floor. The Spartans exploded for 69 points in the second half, but it wasn’t enough. Norfolk State fell to 8-1 in the MEAC with an 87-82 loss to Coppin State.
Tennessee Tech 98, SIU-Edwardsville 80
Tennessee Tech guard Kevin Murphy became the first player this season to score 50+ in a game, netting a school-record 50 in the Golden Eagles' 98-80 win over SIU-Edwardsville.

The previous high this season was set by Creighton's Doug McDermott, who scored 44 in the Blue Jays' win at Bradley on January 7th. Fifty is the most by any player since Jimmer Fredette poured in 52 last March 11th in BYU's 87-76 win over New Mexico in the Mountain West semis. Fredette played the full 40 minutes in his outburst, while Murphy played only 34.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff 73, Jackson State 69
Arkansas-Pine Bluff's Mitchell Anderson scored 25 points and blocked six shots off the bench, becoming the first substitute in over seven years with at least 25 points and five blocks in a game. Western Carolina's Rans Brempong scored 28 and blocked five shots as a substitute on December 4, 2004 versus UNC-Asheville.

The game also had the trillion of the night. Pine Bluff’s Demetrius Smith played five minutes without accumulating a stat, the fourth time he’s done that this season. No other player has done it even three times, and only nine players have done it twice.