Walker Dominated Glass in Return to Nashville
Andre Walker spent four years at Vanderbilt, graduating in May. Now playing for Xavier, his return to Nashville couldn’t have gone better. Xavier beat Vanderbilt in overtime 82-70, as Walker hauled in a career-high 14 rebounds. The Musketeers held a 54-33 edge on the boards, the worst beating the Commodores have taken on the boards at home since 2002 against Mississippi State. Vanderbilt hadn’t lost a home game in overtime since 2006. The Commodores were 35-2 at home against non-conference foes in the previous four seasons. This season, they are 3-2.
Hamilton Perfect Against Tennessee
Reggie Hamilton scored a career-high 35 points as Oakland knocked off Tennessee 89-81. He went 15-15 at the line, the second best performance in school history. In 1991, Tom Eller his all 17 free throws that he attempted. Hamilton joins Oregon State’s Jared Cunningham as the only players with back-to-back game of 34 or more points this season. Oakland is now 2-0 all-time against Tennessee, having also defeated the Vols last season.
Iona’s Double-Double Duo
Michael Glover and Scott Machado continued to put up gaudy numbers, as Iona beat Long Island 100-84. Glover went off for 28 points and 14 rebounds, his second straight game reaching at least those totals. He’s the first player to reach those numbers in back-to-back games since Lipscomb’s Adnan Hodzic in 2010. Meanwhile, Machado made it five double-doubles in five games. He’s now averaging 18.6 ppg and 12.2 apg. Only two players in D-I history have averaged double digit points and assists in a season: Southern’s Avery Johnson and Bradley’s Anthony Manuel, both in 1987-88.
Lillard Leads Nation in Scoring
The nation has a new top scorer. Weber State’s Damian Lillard scored 36 points in an 87-70 loss to Saint Mary’s to push his season average up to 25.6 ppg. Lillard had 26 points in the second half, including 21 straight during a 10-minute stretch. The junior guard played only nine games last season before suffering a foot injury that caused him to miss all remaining games. His 36 points matched a career high.
Can’t Miss, Still Lose
St. Francis (PA) shot 63.9 percent from the field, but still came up short in a 65-63 loss to Niagara. That’s the highest field goal percentage in a loss in almost four years. In December 2007, Howard shot 65.7 percent against Furman, but lost 67-62. The Red Flash shot 71.4 percent in the first half on Monday, but ultimately blew an 18-point halftime lead. The 63.9 FG pct marked the best shooting performance by St. Francis since shooting 64.0 percent in December 1998 against Maryland-Eastern Shore.