Saturday, March 14, 2009

Can you top this?

I don't follow college basketball too closely, but there were a pair of incredible games last week that deserve some attention. First off is the Texas Tech vs Texas A&M game. Texas Tech Sophomore Mike Singletary explodes for 43 points, breaking the Big 12 tournament scoring record. Even more impressive is that he scored 29 consecutive points in the second half to rally his team to victory from a 21 point deficit. Crazy. That's like a performance out of a video game. You don't see players take over games like that single-handedly. This was the biggest comeback in Big 12 tournament history also. What makes the accomplishment even more incredible is that his previous career high was 25 points, and he was averaging only 11 points per game coming into that historic game. According to NCAA record books, this was the second longest run of consecutive points ever recorded. The top mark is 54 points by Bill Mlkvy of Temple back in 1951.

Of course, the other game of the week was the epic 6OT Connecticut vs Syracuse battle. This was the longest game in Big East tournament history. The game lasted 3 hours and 46 minutes. The teams combined to score 244 points, 102 of which came after the regulation buzzer. 8 players fouled out of this game, and 6 collected double-doubles. Bananas. Jonny Flynn of Syracuse played a ridiculous 67 (out of 70 minutes) and posted up a gaudy stat line of 34 points, 11 assists and 6 steals. Teammate Paul Harris grabbed 22 rebounds to go along with his 29 points. On the UCONN squad, you had AJ Price going for 33 points and 10 assists; and Stanley Robinson compiling 28 points and 14 rebounds. Some say that this might have been the best game ever played at Madison Square Garden, which is a bold statement to make given how much history the stadium has. It's interesting to note that the underdog team won both of these games.

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