An inside look at the numbers behind Monday's top performances:
1. Marquette toppled Notre Dame 79-57 courtesy of some lights out 3-point shooting. The Golden Eagles shot 70.6 percent (12-for-17) from long distance, coming up just shy of a school-record 80.0 percent set in 2001 against Tulane. No one was hotter than Dwight Buycks, who hit all five of this 3-point attempts on the way to a career-high 21 points. On Jan. 5 against Rutgers, the senior guard suffered a thigh contusion that limited him to 11 scoreless minutes. But since then, he’s been a different player. Over the last two games, Buycks has scored 40 points and hit eight of nine 3-pointers. In the 14 previous games, he’d only hit 12 from beyond the arc. The win on Monday was critical for MU. Entering the game 0-4 against ranked foes, this was game two of a stretch in which Marquette plays seven of eight games against ranked opponents.
2. It was a quite a night for the winless. Both Alcorn State and Arkansas-Pine Bluff won for the first time this season. Alcorn State overcame a 22-point deficit to beat Grambling State. It snapped a 34-game road losing streak for the Braves, who were approaching two years since their last road win. Meanwhile, Arkansas-Pine Bluff snapped a 15-game losing streak that dated back to facing Duke in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Golden Lions beat Alabama A&M despite not hitting a field goal for the first 10 minutes of the second half. With those two winning, that leaves Centenary and UNC Greensboro as the lone remaining winless teams.
3. Delaware State’s Jay Threatt knocked down a jump shot as time expired to give the Hornets a 62-60 win over South Carolina State. Threatt did much more than just hit that shot, once again filling up the stat sheet. The former George Mason guard finished with 11 points, nine assists and six steals. Threatt, who led the nation in steals last season, and Ohio’s D.J. Cooper are the only two players who rank in the top 15 in the nation in both steals and assists. That’s even more impressive when you consider that Delaware State has played eight straight on the road.
4. Josh Slater scored half of his 30 points from the free throw line, as Lipscomb topped North Florida 80-76. The senior guard went 15-for-19 from the line and added seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. That’s just another night for a player who fills the stat sheet with the best of them. Slater and teammate Adnan Hodzic are both averaging over 18 points and seven rebounds per game. Only 20 D-I players can make that claim, and they are the only teammates doing so. Slater is also one of only four D-I players averaging four assists and seven rebounds. Among guards listed 6-foot-3 or shorter, only Iowa State’s Darion “Jake” Anderson (8.5 rpg) has a higher rebounding average than Slater (7.0).
5. Moussa Camara came off the bench to score a career-high 28 points in Binghamton’s 57-50 win over Stony Brook. The senior from Paris significantly outscored the entire Binghamton starting lineup, which combined for only 19 points on 7-of-25 from the field (28.0 percent). That’s tied for the third-fewest points by a starting lineup in a win this season. On Saturday, Alabama State’s starters scored only nine points in a win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff.