UMass player does it again
Stephane Lasme is the 23rd college player to triple double.
By JIM O'CONNELL
AP BASKETBALL WRITER
Catchy stat names are in vogue, so how about double triple-doubles?
Stephane Lasme of Massachusetts became the 23rd player in Division I history to record a second triple-double in a season when he had 23 points, 15 rebounds and 11 blocked shots in the Minutemen's 91-84 victory over George Washington last week.
The 6-foot-8 senior had his first of 2006-07 against St. Francis, N.Y. on Nov. 22, with 19 points, 10 rebounds and 11 blocks.
Shawne James had two triple-doubles for Northeastern in each of the last two seasons. James transferred to Duquesne after last season and was one of the five players shot on that campus last September.
The only players to have had more than two in a season were Michael Anderson of Drexel, who had four in 1986, and Jason Kidd of California, who had four in 1994.
Some of the more prominent names of those who had two in a season are: David Robinson, Navy, 1986; Shaquille O'Neal, LSU, 1990 and 1992; Anfernee Hardaway, Memphis, 1993; and Andre Iguodala, Arizona, 2004.
Through Monday's games only two Division I players were leading their teams in scoring, rebounding and assists.
Marist senior Jared Jordan, who led the nation in assists in 2005-06 and is on top so far this season, was leading the Red Foxes at 18.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 8.8 assists per game. Mississippi State Jamont Gordon was leading the Bulldogs at 15.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game.
Shaddean Aaron of Mercer had one of the worst moments a basketball player can face, followed by the best. They came in the span of 13.8 seconds.
The Bears trailed Campbell by 21 points with just more than 12 minutes to play last Saturday, but they tied the game at 92 on a 3-pointer by Hrvoje Pervan with 43 seconds to play.
Campbell worked the shot clock down and turned the ball over with 13.8 seconds left.
Then started the emotional up-and-down of all emotional up-and-downs.
Aaron, a senior guard, was trying to inbound the ball after the turnover but couldn't find an open teammate so he called a timeout. The Bearcats didn't have any.
Ledell Eackles of Campbell made the second of the two free throws on the technical for a 93-92 lead for the Fighting Camels.
Aaron got the ball in this next time, but Sam Dolan's short jumper was off the mark. Aaron got up for a rebound and as he was falling managed to tip the ball toward the basket. It rolled in with 1.7 seconds left for a 94-93 victory.
Aaron, who was face down on the court, was asked if he saw the ball go in.
"No, I didn't," he said. "I knew it went in when I heard the crowd."
Two recruits each for Syracuse and Duke are among the 10 high school players chosen to represent the United States in the Nike Hoop Summit in Memphis on April 7.
Jonny Flynn of Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Donte' Greene of Baltimore, who both have signed with Syracuse, plus Duke signees Kyle Singer of Medford, Ore., and Nolan Smith of Upper Marlboro, Md., will be joined by Jerryd Bayless of Phoenix (Arizona), Michael Beasley of Frederick, Md. (Kansas State), Kevin Love of Lake Oswego, Ore. (UCLA), O.J. Mayo of Huntington, W. Va. (Southern California) and Derrick Rose of Chicago (Memphis). The only undecided player is Patrick Patterson of Huntington, W. Va.
USA Basketball's junior national select team, which will be coached by Pat Fitterer of Eisenhower H.S. in Yakima, Wash., will face a team of international players 19 and younger in the 10th annual game.
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