Oh What A Night!

Following a 55-point playoff outing, former NBA great Allen Iverson once remarked, “I got into one of those rhythms where the basket looks like an ocean. I just was just throwing rocks in.”

On Thursday, there were two NEC players who may have well been tossing rocks into the Atlantic, and the good folks at ESPN were all over it on Twitter.

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Sam Prescott + Kyle Vinales repped NEC well tonight. Each scored 40+ pts. Last time a D-I conference had 2 40-pt scorers in day: 2008 (ACC)

As one ESPN announcer put it, “The NEC is ballin’ right now.”

Mount St. Mary’s junior guard Sam Prescott (Philadelphia, PA/Imhotep Charter) dropped a Mount DI record 44 points in an 84-70 win over first place Bryant and CCSU sophomore guard Kyle Vinales (Detroit, MI/Phelps School) netted a CCSU DI record 42 points in a setback at Wagner.

It marked the first time in NEC history that two players racked up 40 points on the same night.

For Prescott, the good vibes began earlier in the day.

“I woke up this morning, I knew I was ready to play,” said Prescott.  “That’s all it took.”

Prescott finished his evening hitting 16-24 shots from the floor, including 10-14 from three-point range.

Let the superlatives begin.

    – The last NEC player to score 44 or more points was LIU’s Antawn Dobie, who scored a league-record 53 against St. Francis Brooklyn on February 22, 2003.

    – It also marked the most points in an NEC game since Bryant’s Alex Francis (Harlem, NY/Holderness Prep (NH)) had 43 against LIU on February 24, 2011.

    – The 44 points tied LIU’s Charles Jones for eighth on the NEC single-game list.

    – Prescott became the fourth player in school history (104 seasons) to score 44 or more points in a game, joining Jack Sullivan (seven times), Dave Maloney and Mike Tate.  The last Mountaineer to reach 44 points was Tate against Kutztown State on November 24, 1987.

    – Chris McGuthrie held the previous Mount record for points in a game at the NCAA Division I level.  McGuthrie scored 41 points in an 80-69 win over Robert Morris on February 19, 1996.- The 44 points established a new Knott Arena mark for a Mount player, and was the second-most ever  scored at the venue behind the 45 tallied by Marist’s Izett Buchanan in 1992.

    – The 10 three-pointers tied for the second-most in an NEC game and matched the Mount school record held by Scott Murphy.

Most Three-Pointers in an NEC Game

1. Joey Mundweiler (WC) – 11 vs. Monmouth (2/28/09)

2. Scott Murphy (MSM) – 10 vs. Wagner (2/7/91)
    Tristan Blackwood (CCSU) – 10 vs. RMU (2/22/07)
    Corey Hassan (SHU) – 10 vs. Wagner (1/30/10)
    Sam Prescott (MSM) – 10 vs. Bryant (2/14/14) 

“I am at a loss for words, honestly,” said Prescott after the game.

“You don’t hear anything. The man guarding you is a blur.  It didn’t matter who came out there…tonight was just my night.”

Prescott’s career night also earned him recognition on SportsCenter’s Top-10 plays and as the Lou Henson Mid-Major Player of the Week.

The Choice Hotels NEC Player of the Week would go on to average 31.0 points and 6.0 rebounds, while shooting 59.5 percent from the floor and 52.4 percent from three-point range on the week.

Up on Grymes Hill, the NEC’s top point producer was in a zone of his own.

On a night when the explosive CCSU scorer netted his 1,000th point (see note below), Vinales sank 12-24 shots from the field and hit 8-13 shots from long distance, tying a career-high.

It was his first career 40-point game, and his seventh at 30 or more.  In 52 career games, Vinales has now scored 1,029 points.

The 42 points represent the second-highest single game total in CCSU history, behind only Paul Zajac’s 47 points in the 1966-67 season (CCSU was Division II at the time).  It topped Vinales’ career-high of 39 set last season.

Vinales, who wound up averaging 33.0 ppg on the week, also shattered the Spiro Center scoring record in the process.

Two players, one magical night.

February 18, 2013


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