Stats & Info: Oakland

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.
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.
Walker Dominated Glass in Return to Nashville
Andre Walker spent four years at Vanderbilt, graduating in May. Now playing for Xavier, his return to Nashville couldn’t have gone better. Xavier beat Vanderbilt in overtime 82-70, as Walker hauled in a career-high 14 rebounds. The Musketeers held a 54-33 edge on the boards, the worst beating the Commodores have taken on the boards at home since 2002 against Mississippi State. Vanderbilt hadn’t lost a home game in overtime since 2006. The Commodores were 35-2 at home against non-conference foes in the previous four seasons. This season, they are 3-2.

Hamilton Perfect Against Tennessee
Reggie Hamilton scored a career-high 35 points as Oakland knocked off Tennessee 89-81. He went 15-15 at the line, the second best performance in school history. In 1991, Tom Eller his all 17 free throws that he attempted. Hamilton joins Oregon State’s Jared Cunningham as the only players with back-to-back game of 34 or more points this season. Oakland is now 2-0 all-time against Tennessee, having also defeated the Vols last season.

Iona’s Double-Double Duo
Michael Glover and Scott Machado continued to put up gaudy numbers, as Iona beat Long Island 100-84. Glover went off for 28 points and 14 rebounds, his second straight game reaching at least those totals. He’s the first player to reach those numbers in back-to-back games since Lipscomb’s Adnan Hodzic in 2010. Meanwhile, Machado made it five double-doubles in five games. He’s now averaging 18.6 ppg and 12.2 apg. Only two players in D-I history have averaged double digit points and assists in a season: Southern’s Avery Johnson and Bradley’s Anthony Manuel, both in 1987-88.

Lillard Leads Nation in Scoring
The nation has a new top scorer. Weber State’s Damian Lillard scored 36 points in an 87-70 loss to Saint Mary’s to push his season average up to 25.6 ppg. Lillard had 26 points in the second half, including 21 straight during a 10-minute stretch. The junior guard played only nine games last season before suffering a foot injury that caused him to miss all remaining games. His 36 points matched a career high.

Can’t Miss, Still Lose
St. Francis (PA) shot 63.9 percent from the field, but still came up short in a 65-63 loss to Niagara. That’s the highest field goal percentage in a loss in almost four years. In December 2007, Howard shot 65.7 percent against Furman, but lost 67-62. The Red Flash shot 71.4 percent in the first half on Monday, but ultimately blew an 18-point halftime lead. The 63.9 FG pct marked the best shooting performance by St. Francis since shooting 64.0 percent in December 1998 against Maryland-Eastern Shore.

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