Stats & Info: Towson

Numbers To Know: Wednesday recap

December, 6, 2012
Player of the Night – Jerrelle Benimon, Towson

Jerrelle Benimon’s career-high 29 points and 10 rebounds led Towson, a team that went 1-31 last season, to a win over Vermont, the preseason favorite in the America East. The transfer from Georgetown will face his old team on Saturday. The Tigers snapped a 27-game road losing streak, picking up their first win since December 2010 at La Salle.

Stat Sheet Stuffer – Matthew Dellavedova, Saint Mary’s

Matthew Dellavedova scored 31 points and added seven assists, as the Gaels beat Drake 88-73. He’s just the third West Coast Conference player with 30 points and seven assists against a Division I team in the past 15 years (Manny Quezada and Dan Dickau). Not all of his numbers were great though. Dellavedova also committed nine turnovers, the most for any Saint Mary’s player in at least 15 years.

Bench Player of the Night – Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga

Kevin Pangos was the hero of Gonzaga’s 71-69 win over Washington State, but Kelly Olynyk kept them in it. He scored a career-high 22 points, all coming in the second half. He went 10-for-12 from the field after halftime, and accounted for half of Gonzaga’s second-half points. At 9-0, Gonzaga is off to its best start since joining Division I.

Freshman of the Night – Jahii Carson, Arizona State

Jahii Carson scored 20 points and added five rebounds and six assists, as the Sun Devils beat Hartford 71-63. He’s just the sixth freshman with a 20-5-5 game this season. Carson currently ranks fourth among freshmen in scoring (18.3 ppg) and sixth in assists (5.3). Those averages stack up nicely to one of the greatest seasons for a Pac-12 freshman point guard. Terrell Brandon averaged 17.9 ppg and 6.0 apg for Oregon in 1989-90.

Ugly Stat of the Night - Tennessee Volunteers

Tennessee failed to score 40 points for a second straight game, falling to Virginia 46-38. It’s the first time the Vols have been held under 40 in consecutive games since February 1946. It’s also the first time since 1943 that Tennessee has lost back-to-back games while failing to score 40.
Nebraska-Omaha 106, Peru State 71
Nebraska-Omaha attempted 95 shots, the most in Division I this season. Only two other teams have eclipsed 90 shot attempts this season: Troy (93) against LaGrange on November 13, and Stanford (92) against Oregon State on January 7. The Stanford-Oregon State game went four overtimes.

Hofstra 74, Towson 49
Towson went 14-33 (42.4 percent) from the free throw line in Wednesday’s defeat. Only Florida A&M (11-31, 35.5 percent) on December 5 had a worse percentage from the stripe (min. 30 FT attempts).

Albany 87, UMBC 76
Albany’s Gerardo Suero became the sixth player this season to score 30 or more points and make 10 or more shots from the floor without missing a free throw (min. 10 FT attempts).

TCU 58, Wyoming 52
Luke Martinez of Wyoming attempted 12 three pointers and grabbed eight rebounds, just the seventh player to do so this season. However, with six points Martinez is the only one of those seven not to reach double-digit scoring.

New Hampshire 52, Hartford 51
Trillion of the Night:
Corban Wroe of Hartford went 13 minutes without accumulating a single stat in the Hawks 52-51 loss to New Hampshire.
Brothers leads Spiders
In three years at Richmond, Darien Brothers had only topped 20 points once. On Tuesday, he poured in a career-high 38 points in the Spiders’ 90-82 overtime win over Old Dominion. It was the most points by a Richmond player since Greg Stevenson's 38 in 2001. With 11 points in overtime, Brothers outscored the entire Old Dominion team. He joins former Kentucky Wildcats star Jodie Meeks as two of the four players in the past five seasons with at least seven 3s and 13 free throws in a game.

Towson loses 30th straight, among six winless
With losses on Tuesday, Towson and Grambling State remained winless on the season. They are two of the six schools still without a win (also Chicago State, Northern Illinois, Hartford, Binghamton).Things are particularly rough for Towson, which lost its 30th straight game. If the Tigers don’t beat Vermont on Friday, they will have gone a full calendar year without a win. Grambling State scored 40 points on Tuesday, and is averaging just 42.5 per game.

Sanders makes Vines Center history
Liberty’s Jesse Sanders handed out 16 assists in a 91-73 win over Montreat. That set a Vines Center record, and matched Kendall Marshall for the most in a game this season. It was three more than Sanders’ previous career high. Sanders joined Scott Machado and Marshall as the only players with 100 assists already this season. Sanders’ total could have been much higher. He notched his 16th assist with 5:52 left in the game.

Thrilling finishes on a quiet night
Despite a rather limited slate of games, Tuesday brought three big time finishes. Most notably, C.J. Leslie scored off of a full-court pass from C.J. Williams with 0.8 seconds remaining to give NC State a 67-65 win over Saint Bonaventure. Leslie had been held scoreless for the previous eight minutes. Norfolk State beat Toledo thanks to a Kyle O’Quinn’s bucket with 2.4 seconds remaining. Western Carolina edged Bradley 68-67 thanks to a runner from Keaton Cole with 5.7 seconds to go.

Anson imitates Jimmer
BYU’s Anson Winder did something Tuesday that Jimmer Fredette only did five times last season. In the Cougars’ 93-78 win over Buffalo, Winder hit six 3-pointers. After scoring a combined 43 points in his first 10 games, Winder came off the bench for 20 points in this one. It was the most points off the bench for a Brigham Young Cougars player since Jackson Emery scored 23 last December. The Cougars also got career efforts from Brock Zylstra (26 points) and Matt Carlino (11 assists).