Stats & Info: Washington State

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 Thursday.

Iona 105, Canisius 86
Weber State 92, Portland State 79

Iona’s Lamont Jones poured in 43 points and Weber State’s Damian Lillard scored 40 in the their teams’ victories. Lillard became the first player this season to record two 40+ point games, and Thursday marked the first time this season two players eclipsed the 40-point plateau on the same day.

Western Carolina 82, Chattanooga 76
Western Carolina’s Keaton Cole attempted 19 3-pointers in the win, tying him with Iona’s Sean Armand for the most in a regulation game this season. Cole is the only player to have three games with at least 15 3-pointers attempted; he scored 18 points in all three games. Maryland’s Terrell Stoglin attempted 20 3-pointers in the Terrapins’ 90-86 double-overtime loss to Miami (FL) on Wednesday.

Pacific 60, UC Riverside 52
Pacific’s Ross Rivera made 15 free throws in 21 minutes off the bench, the most made free throws by a substitute this season.

Trillion of the Night: Eric Stangis of Southern Cal played 10 minutes without accumulating a stat in the Trojans’ 60-53 loss at Washington State.
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.
Harvard continues to roll
The newest members of the Pac-12 would probably be fine not seeing Harvard on their schedule in near future. Last year, Colorado took an 8-1 all-time record against the Ivy League into Cambridge, but fell to Harvard 82-66. On Thanksgiving, it was Utah's turn. Harvard won 75-47, the fewest points the Utes have scored since February 2007. With multiple 10-0 runs in the first half, Harvard actually led 49-24 at halftime before resting its starters.

The Crimson entered this one 1-19 all-time against current Pac-12 members. Harvard is now an impressive 6-8 against power conference schools under Tommy Amaker. Utah falls to 0-3 against Division I opponents.

More bad news for the Pac-12
It’s not often that the MAAC beats the Pac-12 despite shooting just 33.9 percent from the field. Fairfield toppled Arizona State 55-44, defeating a Pac-12 school for just the second time in school history and the first since 1978-79. It was the Sun Devils’ lowest point total against a non-conference foe since scoring 43 against Iowa in 2003. Former Boston College starter Rakim Sanders scored a game-high 21 for the Stags.

In addition to Thursday’s losses to the Ivy and MAAC, the Pac-12 has been taken down by the Big Sky, Big West and Sun Belt among other conferences. In fact, the Pac-12 is just 24-14 against D-I schools in non-power conferences. Compare that to the Big East (57-6), Big Ten (44-2) and Big 12 (27-2).

Grooms is best man against Washington State
Not much is expected out of Oklahoma, which finished 14-16 last season and lost its top scorer in Cade Davis. But the Sooners improved to 3-0 with a 74-59 win over Washington State. It was the first ever meeting between these schools.

Sam Grooms, one of the nation’s top junior college transfers, handed out 10 assists compared to just one turnover. He’s just the second Sooner in the past seven seasons with a game of 10 or more assists and fewer than two turnovers. Tommy Mason-Griffin did it in 2009.

This is when it got ugly for Oklahoma last season. After a 3-0 start, the Sooners dropped five straight games, including a loss to Chaminade.

Florida State’s defense feasts on UMass
Things had been looking good for Massachusetts following a 4-0 start that included a drubbing of in-state rival Boston College. Then came Florida State's defense and a 73-53 loss. UMass was held to 27.9 percent from the field and went 2-23 from 3-point range. It was their worst performance from beyond the arc since missing all 12 threes against Richmond in 2006.

The starting lineup combined for a 24.3 field goal percentage, and Chaz Williams was the only Minuteman to register an assist. Florida State is holding opponents to a 32.1 FG pct, sixth lowest in the nation.

Clanton does it all for UCF
The line of the day belonged to UCF's Keith Clanton. In a 74-63 win over Charleston, he feasted for 28 points and 14 rebounds on 70.6 percent from the field. Clanton is averaging 24.0 ppg and 14.5 rpg over the past two games. There have been 19 games of 20+ points and 14+ rebounds this season, but Clanton is the only player to have done it twice.

Pac-10 holds its own

September, 19, 2010
After a slow start to the weekend for Pac-10 teams losing four of their first five games including two to ranked teams, the conference finished Week 3 on a high note. Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona, UCLA and Stanford all won their games after California, Washington, Arizona State and Washington State lost earlier. USC also won at Minnesota meaning the conference finished 6-4 vs non-conference opponents that included 8th-ranked Nebraska, 9th-ranked Iowa, 11th-ranked Wisconsin and 23rd-ranked Houston.

• Oregon's 69-0 win over Portland State means the Ducks have scored 189 points in three games this season. That's an average of 1.05 points per minute. They've outscored their opponents 141-0 at home in two games this season.

• Stanford racked up 68 points against Wake Forest and improves to 3-0 for the first time since 2001. It's the most points scored by the Cardinal in a game since 1968.