Velton Jones is the latest to do it, but not the first.
Robert Morris’ junior guard carried the Colonials to a win over CAA member James Madison last week by scoring 38 points. The “small guard with the big game” (as we like to refer to him over here at Overtime!) shot 67 percent from the field during the memorable performance at the Philly Hoop Group Classic and turned the ball over only once despite touching it nearly every time down the floor.
Jones is averaging 4.7 assists per contest and has committed only 10 turnovers thus far this season. Although no NEC player comes close to topping his league-leading assist-to-turnover ratio (2.8:1), there is one man out there who has a higher single-game scoring total than Jones’ 38.
Central Connecticut rookie Kyle Vinales scored 39 points against Niagara on Nov. 14 and no other player has been able to match that yet. Like Jones, Rhode Island’s Jamal Wilson and Saint Joe’s Karl Jones have both scored 38 in a game this season, but not 39.
Vinales was no one-hit wonder either. The first-year Blue Devil continued his tear this past week, averaging 27.0 points over a pair of victories. The 29 he scored in the win over UMBC and the 25 he dropped in against Hartford landed Vinales his third consecutive NEC Rookie of the Week award making him the first-ever NEC player to open the season on such a run.
So as the opening month of the season comes to a close, Vinales is the nation’s second-leading scorer (24.0 ppg). Not bad for a rookie.
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Articles of Interest
MU women hoops vs. East Carolina plus POLL and prediction – Asbury Park Press (Hawks Nest)
Berks NCAA Division I field hockey update – Reading Eagle
Iona men score 100 again, then start long road swing – Journal News (Brian Heyman)
College Basketball is coming to Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center…
An Invitation from Quinnipiac WBB…
– Nov. 29, 2011 –