Stats & Info: UAB Blazers

Numbers to Know: Wednesday recap

January, 10, 2013
Player of the Night – Ben McLemore, Kansas

Ben McLemore scored 33 points, including a game-tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation, to give Kansas a 97-89 overtime win over Iowa State. He fell just two points shy of Danny Manning’s freshman scoring record set in 1985. McLemore finished 6-for-6 from 3-point range, matching Rex Walters’ school record for 3s in a game without a miss.

Stat Sheet Stuffer – Jamaal Franklin, San Diego State

Highlighted by an off-the-backboard dunk, Jamaal Franklin finished with 20 points, 18 rebounds, five assists and three blocks in the Aztecs’ 65-62 win over Fresno State. Over the past 10 seasons, the only other players to equal that line are North TexasTony Mitchell and Oakland’s Keith Benson. The last player on a ranked team to do it? Seton Hall’s Eddie Griffin in 2000.

Scorer of the Night – Cleanthony Early, Wichita State

Cleanthony Early dropped a career-high 39 points to lift Wichita State to an 82-76 win over Southern Illinois. It’s the most points for a Shocker since the great Xavier McDaniel scored 43 against Bradley in 1985.

Bench Player of the Night – Briante Weber, VCU

It’s not often that the most impactful bench player of the night is someone who didn’t make a field goal, but Briante Weber continues to make a difference with his defense. He finished with nine steals in VCU’s 74-62 win over Dayton. Earlier this season, he had 10 steals off the bench against Florida Gulf Coast. Despite playing just 22 minutes per game, Weber leads the nation in steals (3.7 SPG). His 6.6 steals per 40 minutes would be the most since Alabama A&M’s Desmond Cambridge (7.5) in 2002.

Ugly Stat of the Night – UAB Blazers

UAB went 0-for-23 from 3-point range in a 64-48 loss to UCF. That snapped a streak of 517 straight games with a 3-pointer. The 23 misses without a make is just three shy of the record set by Northwestern State last season against Sam Houston State.
Melo sets Syracuse record
Fab Melo blocked a school-record 10 shots as Syracuse defeated Seton Hall 75-49. Etan Thomas previously held the Syracuse record with nine blocks, which he reached on three occasions. The performance doubled Melo’s previous career high of five.

Melo had eight blocks at halftime, and was poised to challenge Dikembe Mutombo’s record of 12 in a Big East conference game. But Melo logged only eight second-half minutes in the blowout. It’s still tied for the third-most blocks in a Big East conference game.

Rebels runnin’ up the score
UNLV shot 67.1 percent in a 124-75 win over Central Arkansas. It’s the most points scored by UNLV since the 1990-91 squad that included Larry Johnson, Stacey Augmon and Greg Anthony. It’s the most points scored against a Division I opponent since Seton Hall put up 134 on VMI in December 2009.

UNLV’s bench scored 82 points, the most by a bench against a Division I opponent since UMKC got 94 points from its reserves in a 2007 loss to Oakland. Chace Stanback came off the bench and went 9-for-11 from 3-point range to lead all scorers with 29 points.

Moore owns the boards
UAB’s Cameron Moore pulled down a school-record 24 rebounds in a 56-49 win over George Washington. It’s the most rebounds in a game since December 2009 when Morgan State’s Kevin Thompson grabbed 25. Moore also led all scorers with 19 points, and had a double-double at halftime.

His 24 rebounds equaled George Washington’s team rebounding total on the night. In the second half, he single-handedly outrebounded the Colonials 14-12.

Everything but the points
The outcome of St. Joseph’s 81-50 win over Morgan State was never in doubt, so let’s just focus on one of the strangest lines of the season. Halil Kanacevic had seven blocks, eight rebounds, 12 assists and five fouls in 22 minutes. Oh, and he went scoreless.

His 12 assists fell two shy of the school record, and were the third most this season without scoring a point. His seven blocks tied the most in a scoreless game this season. Not surprisingly, he’s the only player in at least the past 15 seasons with 12 assists and seven blocks in a game.