Best numbers from Week 15
Michigan’s Derrick Walton Jr. had 13 points, a career-high 10 rebounds and six assists in a 70-60 win against Ohio State last Tuesday to become the first Wolverines freshman with 10 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in a Big Ten game since Chris Webber in January 1992.
Clemson's K.J. McDaniels had career highs with 30 points and 14 rebounds to go along with five blocks in a 68-64 double-overtime loss to Notre Dame last Tuesday to become the first ACC player with 30 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks in a game since Maryland's Lonny Baxter in 2000.
Connecticut's Shabazz Napier had 34 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals in an 86-81 overtime victory against Memphis this past Saturday. He is the first UConn player with 30 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals in a game since Ben Gordon in 2003.
SMU scored a season-low two second-chance points in its 71-64 loss to Temple this past Sunday, 11.2 fewer than its season average.
Wisconsin had two turnovers in 60 possessions in its 75-62 win against Michigan this past Sunday, the lowest turnover percentage (3.3 percent) in a Division I game this season.
Michigan won at then-No. 22 Ohio State 70-60 last Tuesday, its third road win against ranked teams this season. In previous 15 seasons, the Wolverines were 6-47 on the road against ranked foes. Michigan has won road games at Wisconsin, Michigan State and Ohio State for the first time since the 1992-93 season.
NC State’s T.J. Warren scored a career-high 34 points in an 82-67 victory against Wake Forest last Tuesday. It was is the fifth time this season that Warren has scored 30 or more points; no other ACC player has more than one such game.
Kansas State beat then-No. 7 Kansas 85-82 in overtime last Monday to improve to 5-2 against Top 25 teams this season. The Wildcats snapped a six-game losing streak to the Jayhawks.
Iowa State's Melvin Ejim scored a season-low six points in a 102-77 loss to West Virginia last Monday, becoming the second player in the past 15 seasons to follow a 48-plus point game with single-digit scoring in the next.
Six of Syracuse's 12 ACC wins have been by six points or fewer. That's the most such conference wins of any major conference team. The Orange are the first AP No. 1 team to win back-to-back games by two points or fewer since North Carolina in 1981-82. Syracuse defeated Pittsburgh 58-56 last Wednesday and beat NC State 56-55 this past Saturday.
Long Island’s Jason Brickman had a season-high-tying 14 assists in a 69-68 win against St. Francis (N.Y.) this past Sunday to pass Sherman Douglas for sixth place on the all-time Division I career assists list with 961. It was his 15th double-digit assist game of the season.
South Florida scored 14 points in the first half of an 83-40 loss to Connecticut last Wednesday, the fewest in the first half by an AAC team this season.
Southeast Missouri State’s Tyler Stone had 16 rebounds in a 79-70 loss to Tennessee-Martin last Wednesday. He also scored 21 points in recording the 10th double-double of the season and 22nd of his career.
Louisville made 16 3-pointers in a 102-54 win against Rutgers this past Sunday. Luke Hancock was 6 of 8 from behind the arc in scoring a game-high 25 points.
Towson’s Jerrelle Benimon had 21 points and 14 rebounds in an 85-70 win at William & Mary this past Saturday for his NCAA-leading 17th double-double of the season. He also scored his 1,000th career point, becoming the 24th player in school history to do so and just the fifth to accomplish the feat in two years.
Cornell beat Dartmouth 70-67 this past Friday for its first win against a Division I team this season, snapping a 19-game losing streak to such opponents. The Big Red lost the next night to Harvard 67-44.
Maryland-Eastern Shore rallied from a 20-point deficit in the second half to beat Howard 87-73 this past Saturday. Troy Snyder led the way with career highs in points (34) and assists (5). He also had 14 rebounds.
Wyoming beat then-No. 5 San Diego State last Tuesday to snap the Aztecs’ 20-game winning streak. It was the Cowboys’ first win against a top-5 opponent since February 1998 when they beat No. 5 Utah 62-56.
Evansville’s D.J. Balentine made 20 out of 25 free throws en route to 38 points in a 104-98 overtime win against Illinois State last Wednesday. The 20 made free throws tied the school record first set by Matt Webster in December 2006.
Wichita State beat Evansville 84-68 this past Sunday to become the 21st team in Division I history to go 27-0.
San Diego State’s Xavier Thames scored 13 points in a 68-62 loss to Wyoming last Tuesday to become the 29th player in school history to reach 1,000 points.
Providence's Bryce Cotton scored 31 points in an 83-71 loss against Georgetown last Monday. He made 5 of 6 3-pointers and 10 of 11 free throws.
North Dakota State’s Taylor Braun scored 31 points in a 75-59 victory against Omaha this past Saturday. It was his fourth game with 30 or more points this season. He also grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds and had five assists.
Kansas’ Perry Ellis scored a career-high 32 points in a 95-65 win against TCU this past Saturday. He made 13 of 15 shots, the highest field-goal percentage by a Kansas player in the past 15 seasons (minimum 15 attempts).
Eastern Illinois’ Sherman Blanford had career highs with 32 points and 18 rebounds in an 88-83 loss to Austin Peay last Thursday.
Siena’s Rob Poole scored a career-high 33 points in a 92-88 triple-overtime loss to Canisius this past Sunday.
Howard’s James Daniel tied his career high with 33 points in an 87-73 loss to Maryland-Eastern Shore this past Saturday.
High Point’s John Brown scored a career-high 34 points in a 72-65 win against Radford this past Saturday. He set a program record by going 14-for-14 at the foul line. He also had 12 rebounds, a career-high six assists and three blocks.
Columbia’s Alex Rosenberg scored a career-high 34 points in an 88-84 double-overtime loss to Harvard this past Friday.
North Carolina-Asheville’s Andrew Rowsey scored a career-high 41 points in a 102-92 loss to Radford last Thursday.
Grambling State beat Alcorn State 95-80 last Monday to snap a 45-game losing streak to Division I opponents.