Stats & Info: Vincent Council

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.
From a size standpoint, Monday’s Charleston Southern-Florida State game could not have been a bigger mismatch. According to kempom.com, the Seminoles are the third tallest team in the nation, averaging almost 6’7”. Only Kentucky and North Carolina have more size on the roster. Meanwhile, Charleston Southern is the smallest team in the nation, with the average player barely over 6’2”. Florida State led by 27 at halftime and cruised to a 76-51 win. The Seminoles defense continued to flummox opponents, holding the Buccaneers under 30 percent. However, Florida State will need to solve its turnover problem to compete with equally matched opponents. After 21 turnovers Monday, they are averaging 18.2 per game, which ranks 327th in the nation.

Milwaukee’s best shooting night
DePaul had never lost to Milwaukee in 10 previous meetings. That changed Monday. Milwaukee had three players score at least 19 points in an 87-76 win. The Panthers had their best shooting performance in recent memory, and it started right out of the gates. Milwaukee hit six of their first seven threes and led 35-13 midway through the first half. The Panthers finished 61.7 percent from the floor, an Allstate Arena record for an opponent. Tony Meier and Paris Gulley combined to go 10-for-10 from long distance.

Council falls a rebound short
Vincent Council couldn’t quite get that last rebound. Despite playing 37 minutes in a 31-point win over Brown, the Providence junior fell one rebound short of his first career triple-double. Council finished with 21 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists. It would have been the first triple-double by a Friar since Geoff McDermott in 2006. It was a tale two halves for Council, who went into halftime with 15 points. In the second half, he had six rebounds and eight assists.

You can’t spell Anosike without Siena
Siena snapped a five-game losing streaking, defeating Albany 64-60 in this battle of crosstown rivals. The Saints came back from a 19-point first-half deficit. Evan Hymes kept Siena in the game, scoring 19 of the team’s 29 points at halftime. But the line of the night came from O.D. Anosike. The junior finished with 21 points and a career-high 18 rebounds. He’s the fifth D-I player with at least 20 points and 18 rebounds in a game this season.

Samford’s keeps launching
Samford took its three-point attack to a new level on Monday, with poor results. In a 74-52 loss to UTSA, the Bulldogs attempted 41 threes and only 14 shots from inside the arc. It’s the most three-point attempts against a D-I opponent in a regulation game this season. On the season, 57 percent of Samford’s attempts have come from beyond the arc. Over the past nine seasons, the highest such percentage is 54.4 by VMI in 2009.

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