Stats & Info: St. Bonaventure

Wednesday recap: Seniors shine in victory

March, 1, 2012
Player of the Night – Jared Sullinger
In a heartbreaking result for Northwestern, Sullinger’s turnaround with 3 seconds to go gave Ohio State a 75-73 victory. The sophomore finished with 22 points and a season-high 18 rebounds. Sullinger is the first Big Ten player with those totals in a conference game since Penn State’s Jarrett Stephens in 2000. He equaled Northwestern’s rebounding total, as the Buckeyes held a 44-18 advantage on the glass.

Senior of the Night – Tyler Zeller
Zeller made his final home game a memorable one, as North Carolina beat Maryland 88-64. Zeller went 20-for-23 at the line, breaking Tyler Hansbrough’s Smith Center record for free throws made. He fell one make shy of York Larese’s school record set in 1959. Zeller finished with 30 points, eight rebounds and three blocks.

Stat Sheet Stuffer – Andrew Nicholson
St. Bonaventure locked up a bye in the A-10 Tournament with a 98-93 double-overtime win over Saint Joseph's. It’s the Bonnies’ second win in their last 19 meetings with the Hawks. Nicholson helped solidify his A-10 Player of the Year candidacy with 32 points and 14 rebounds. He’s averaging 30 points and 12 rebounds over the Bonnies’ past four games, all wins. Nicholson is now just six points shy of 2,000 for his career.

Breakout Performance – Jaquon Parker
Cincinnati can feel a whole lot safer about the bubble after a 72-61 win over Marquette. The Bearcats have their signature win, and can now claim six wins over the RPI Top 50. The story of the game was the emergence of Parker, who finished with a career-high 28 points. He’d averaged just 6 points over his previous 14 games.

Ugly Stat Line – Russ Smith
Louisville put up an ugly performance at home, shooting just 34 percent in a 58-51 loss to South Florida. Primarily coming off the bench, Smith is Louisville’s second-leading scorer at 12 points per game. But Wednesday, he went 0-for-8 from the field in 17 minutes of action. Over their past three home games, the Cardinals are averaging 53 points and shooting 36 percent from the field.
A scan of the college basketball box scores each night guarantees all kinds of statistical oddities and standout performances. Here are some we found from Saturday.

Indiana State 78, Southern Illinois 68
Indiana State made all 12 of its 3-point attempts Saturday, the most 3-pointers without a miss in a single game in NCAA history. The previous record for most threes without a miss was nine, done by Minnesota against Penn State on Jan. 11, 2009.

Lipscomb 99, Stetson 91 (OT)
Lipscomb scored 25 points in the extra session, one shy of the NCAA Division I record for points in an overtime period. The record of 26 was done by Vermont on Jan. 24, 1998, against Hartford.

Duke 73, Maryland 55
Duke’s Miles Plumlee had 22 rebounds in 28 minutes off the bench, the most rebounds by a bench player since Sean May had 24 against Duke on March 6, 2005 (May did not start that game because it was North Carolina’s Senior Day). Plumlee is the first player this season with at least 20 rebounds in fewer than 30 minutes of playing time.

Michigan State 58, Ohio State 48
Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger had 17 points, 16 rebounds and 10 turnovers in the Buckeyes’ loss Saturday. It’s the first "triple-double" using points, rebounds and turnovers in Division I this season. Jerrell Williams of La Salle had the last one on Jan. 19, 2011, against Duquesne.

Kansas 81, Oklahoma State 66
The Jayhawks’ Jeff Withey had 18 points, 20 rebounds and seven blocks in the win. He’s the first player to reach all three of those levels in the same game since VCU’s Larry Sanders put up the exact same line on March 9, 2009, in the CAA championship game against George Mason.

Texas 75, Kansas State 64
Texas attempted 48 free throws to Kansas State’s 12. That free-throw differential of 36 is the largest in a game involving a Big 6 team this season and the third-largest overall. Texas’ 48 free-throw attempts are the second most by a Big 6 team on the season (Washington attempted 59 on Jan. 10 against Seattle).

Texas Tech 65, Oklahoma 47
Oklahoma scored just six points in the paint, the fewest points in the paint in a game by a Big 6 team this season.

St. Bonaventure 69, Duquesne 48
Florida Atlantic 86, North Texas 81 (2OT)
St. Bonaventure’s Andrew Nicholson scored 21 points and grabbed 23 rebounds in the Bonnies’ win, and North Texas’ Tony Mitchell scored 22 points and grabbed 20 rebounds in the Mean Green’s double-overtime loss. They became just the sixth and seventh players this season to record a 20-20 game. Nicholson’s 23 rebounds are the second most in a game this season, trailing only Cameron Moore of UAB who had 24 on Dec. 28.

Seattle 100, Longwood 99 (OT)
Seattle’s Chad Rasmussen was 6-for-17 from the field in the Redhawks’ win, with all of his attempts coming from 3-point range. That is the most 3-pointers attempted in a game without attempting a 2-point field goal.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff 64, Southern 58
Trillion of the Night: Jamar Harris of Arkansas-Pine Bluff played 12 minutes without accumulating a single stat in his team’s 64-58 win over Southern.
Going into the season, a loss to Rutgers was nearly unimaginable for Pittsburgh. Out of the question was a performance like Wednesday’s 62-39 loss.

Among other humiliating numbers, it was the Panthers' fewest points in a game since scoring 36 back on December 4, 1973 (also against Rutgers). Worse yet, this loss came at home. The Panthers had their fewest points at home since scoring 38 in a loss vs Westminster on January 5, 1950.

The 23-point loss is their worst since moving to the Petersen Events Center in 2002. The Panthers shot just 21.1 percent, their worst shooting performance under Jamie Dixon. It’s the lowest field goal percentage by a Big East team in conference play since West Virginia shot 20 percent in 2008. In the first half, Pittsburgh shot just 12.5 percent from the field.

Ole Miss snaps 542-game streak
Ole Miss snapped a streak of 542 consecutive games with a three-point field goal, but still came away with a 71-63 win over Arkansas. It’s the 12th time this season that a team won without making a three.

Since they won, it’s easy to make light of the failure to connect from deep, but long-distance shots are a big problem for the Rebels. On the season, they are hitting just 27.3 percent of threes. Of 339 Division I teams, that ranks 328th.

Nicholson paces Bonnies
St. Bonaventure got a huge game out of senior Andrew Nicholson, who finished with 30 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks in an 81-73 win over Dayton. It’s the first such 30-10-5 game this season.

You don’t see many games like this in high-level conferences. He’s the first Atlantic 10 player to do it since Ahmad Nivins in 2008. The last Power 6 conference player with a 30-10-5 game? Kevin Durant.

Frazier can’t do it alone
Penn State is going to need someone other than Tim Frazier to contribute if the Nittany Lions want to turn the season around. In Wednesday’s 70-58 loss to Nebraska, Frazier outscored the rest of his team 30-28.

The career-high performance came largely because no one else could score. His teammates combined to shoot 10-for-44 (22.7 percent) from the field. Frazier is the only Penn State player averaging in double figures this season.