Harkless makes Big East history
Power 6 Conference Freshmen
St. John’s freshman Moe Harkless exploded for 32 points and 13 rebounds is a 91-67 win over Providence. It broke a Big East record shared by Troy Murphy and Allen Iverson for most points by a freshman in his first conference game. He is one of only five major conference freshmen with a 30-10 game in the past five seasons, a list that also includes Jared Sullinger, Michael Beasley, Bill Walker and J.J. Hickson.
The last Big East freshman with a 30-point, 10 rebound effort? Carmelo Anthony, who did it three times in 2002-03.
Tolbert emerging for Texas Tech
Jordan Tolbert led Texas Tech with 27 points in a 74-58 win over Cal State-Bakersfield. Tolbert has scored over 20 points in each of his past four games. He’s averaging 21.0 ppg in December, fifth-highest among major conference players. Tolbert is now averaging 15.8 PPG. Only Washington’s Tony Wroten has a higher scoring average among freshmen in the power six conferences. Tolbert came into the season ranked 38th among incoming freshman power forwards.
Leonard filling the stat sheet for Illinois
Meyers Leonard logged 42 minutes in Illinois’ 81-72 double-overtime win over Minnesota. Leonard recorded his third straight double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds to go with five blocks. It’s his second 20-10-5 game this season. He’s the only Big Ten player in the past 15 seasons with multiple such games in a season. Only Draymond Green and Jared Sullinger have more double-doubles in the Big Ten this season.
Big second half for Dragicevich
Notre Dame extended its home winning streak to 28 games with a 72-59 win over Pittsburgh. The Irish were led by a career-high 22 points from Alex Dragicevich. That’s more than the 20 points he scored in 14 games as a freshman last season. Notre Dame trailed by one at halftime, but Dragicevich scored 17 in the second half to help the Irish pull away. Pittsburgh has lost back-to-back games in December for the first time since 2007.