Fresno State coach Rodney Terry sent Marvelle Harris out there with one thing in mind: shoot the ball.
Had to do it.
On the road at Nevada the Bulldogs had three starters in early foul trouble, so offensive options were a bit limited. Harris, their leading scorer, had to score the basketball. And, he did. But Terry did not know that Harris had hit the 40-point mark against the Wolf Pack until after the 69-66 victory when he looked at the stat sheet.
“I knew he was up there,” Terry said. “But 40? No ... ”
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It was the most points scored by a Mountain West player this season by nine. Boise State guard Derrick Marks, who had 31 in a loss to Utah State, is the only other player in the conference with more than 30 in a game.
And, as one might expect, there are more than a few oddities and ends that come along with those 40 points Saturday night. Here are 23, one for every shot the Bulldogs guard put up:
• 1. Harris did not score a point in the first 7 minutes, 47 seconds of the game.
• 2. When he did finally score, he had as many turnovers as points.
• 3. And when Harris made his next basket with 9:12 remaining in the first half, he again had as many turnovers as points.
• 4. Harris had a longer stretch without scoring in the second half, going 11 minutes between a dunk with 11:27 remaining and a pair of free throws with 27 seconds to go.
• 5. In that 11-minute scoreless streak in the second half, Harris put up only four shots.
• 6. The junior is the eighth MW player to score 40 or more points in a game, and it has been accomplished 15 times. Jimmer Fredette of Brigham Young scored 40 or more six times — including a conference-record 52 in a victory over New Mexico on March 11, 2011.
• 7. New Mexico guard Ruben Douglas scored 40 or more three times, all in games the Lobos lost.
• 8. The winning percentage for MW teams when a player scores 40 or more points is .667.
• 9. Of the 15 40-point games in MW play, only five came on home floors. Seven were on the road, two were in the conference tournament and one was at a neutral site.
• 10. Before going for 40 at Nevada, Harris had in his first two games at the Lawlor Events Center played 67 minutes and hit only 5 of 16 shots (31.2%), including 2 of 6 on 3-pointers, for 17 points.
• 11. Harris made as many field goals in scoring 40 points as San Jose State did in its loss at UNLV later Saturday. Harris took 23 shots to make 14; the Spartans took 60.
• 12. Harris also had as many assists as the Spartans did in losing to the Rebels — two.
• 13. Before Harris lit up the Wolf Pack, they were ranked second in the MW in field-goal percentage defense, allowing opponents to hit only 37.6%.
• 14. Nevada also was fourth in 3-point field goal defense at 30.3%.
• 15. Harris hit 14 of 23 shots (60.9%) and 5 of 8 3-pointers (62.5%).
• 16. He scored 15 consecutive points for the Bulldogs in the first half and their first seven points and 16 of 17 to start the second half, and accounted for 58% of their 69 points.
• 17. Of the 15 40-point games in conference history, that 58% ranks as the fifth-highest behind Fredette (43 of 71, 60.6%) in a victory over San Diego State in 2011, Douglas (40 of 66, 60.6%) in a loss to UNLV in ’03, Fredette (52 of 87, 59.8%) in a victory over New Mexico in ’11 and Douglas (43 of 73, 58.9%) in a loss to San Diego State also in ’03.
• 18. Bulldogs not named Harris hit 8 of 34 shots (23.5%), including 3 of 9 at the 3-point line (33.3%).
• 19. There were assists on six of the 14 baskets by Harris, three from Darnell Taylor and one each from Emmanuel Owootoah, Alex Davis and Braeden Anderson.
• 20. The 40 points puts Harris in a tie for third place in Division I this season behind Delaware State senior guard Amere May, who had 48 in a victory over Saint Francis-New York, and Belmont junior guard Craig Bradshaw, who had 42 in a victory over Ohio. Other players nationally with a 40-point game this season are Sterling Gibbs from Seton Hall against Illinois State, Shadrac Casimir from Iona against Delaware State and Amida Brimah from Connecticut against Coppin State. Harris is the only one to score 40 in a conference game.
• 21. Harris is the seventh Fresno State player (eighth time) to score 40 or more points in a game and the first since Kevin Olekaibe went for 43 in a victory over Seattle in 2012.
• 22. The school record is 45 points by Charles Bailey in a double-overtime game against North Texas in 1973-74. Courtney Alexander also scored 43 in a game against Alabama-Birmingham in 1999, Gary Alcorn had 41 against Loyola Marymount in 1957 and Alexander against San Jose State in 1999, Ron Neff against Cal Poly Pomona in 1962 and Jerry Pender against San Jose State in 1971 each scored 40.
• 23. The 23 shots to get to 40 points ties Harris for the third fewest in those 15 40-point games in MW play. New Mexico guard Kendall Williams needed only 16 to get to 46 in a victory at Colorado State in 2013, hitting 12 — including 10 3-pointers. Colorado State guard Marcus Walker took 18 shots in scoring 43 in a victory over Tennessee State in 2007, hitting 15 with five 3-pointers.
The 40-point club in the Mountain West with single-game effective field-goal percentage, offensive rate and percentage of that team’s points:
• 52: Jimmer Fredette (Brigham Young) vs. New Mexico on March 11, 2011.
eFG%: 68.9. Orate: 144.0. % of Pts: 52 of 87, 59.8.
• 49: Fredette at Arizona on Dec. 28, 2009.
eFG%: 89.1. Orate: 161.8. % of Pts: 49 of 99, 49.5.
• 49: Trevor Diggs (UNLV) vs. Wyoming on March 3, 2001.
eFG%: 81.0. Orate: 156.9. % of Pts: 49 of 106, 46.2.
• 47: Fredette at Utah on Jan. 11, 2011.
eFG%: 67.9. Orate: 150.1. % of Pts: 47 of 104, 45.2.
• 46: Kendall Williams (New Mexico) at Colorado State on Feb. 23 2013.
eFG%: 106.3. Orate: 177.4. % of Pts: 46 of 91, 50.5.
• 45: Michael Lyons (Air Force) vs. Colorado State on Feb. 16, 2013.
eFG%: 80.0. Orate: 135.5. % of Pts: 45 of 86, 52.3.
• 45: Fredette vs. Texas Christian on March 11, 2010.
eFG%: 47.8. Orate: 143.6. % of Pts: 45 of 95, 47.4.
• 43: Fredette vs. San Diego State on Jan. 26, 2011.
eFG%: 68.8. Orate: 132.1. % of Pts: 43 of 71, 60.6.
• 43: Marcus Walker (Colorado State) vs. Tennessee State on Nov. 17, 2007.
eFG%: 97.2. Orate: 167.0. % of Pts: 43 of 87, 49.4.
• 43: Ruben Douglas (New Mexico) at San Diego State on Fe. 24, 2003.
eFG%: 53.8. Orate: 117.3. % of Pts: 43 of 73, 58.9.
• 43: Douglas vs. Wyoming on Feb. 15, 2003.
eFG%: 58.3. Orate: 125.7. % of Pts: 43 of 91, 47.3.
• 42: Fredette at Colorado State on Jan. 22, 2011.
eFG%: 54.2. Orate: 139.0. % of Pts: 42 of 94, 44.7.
• 41: Jay Straight (Wyoming) at Colorado State on Feb. 26, 2005.
eFG%: 68.5. Orate: 143.0. % of Pts: 41 of 94, 43.6.
• 40: Douglas vs UNLV on Jan. 27, 2003.
eFG%: 61.3. Orate: 116.8. % of Pts: 40 of 66, 60.6.
• 40: Marvelle Harris (Fresno State) at Nevada on Jan. 10, 2015.
eFG%: 71.7. Orate: 128.1. % of Pts: 40 of 69, 58.0.
• In a 56-42 loss at San Diego State,New Mexico
had 11 players score between two and seven points led byObij Aget
. It was the first time since a 44-42 victory over Colorado State on Jan. 28, 1985, that the Lobos did not have anyone score 10 or more in a game. Aget went in averaging only four shots a game and took three against the Aztecs.Deshawn Delaney
, the Lobos’ top two scorers at 12.9 and 10.3 points per game, shot 1 of 5 and 2 of 9.
scored 59 points in the second half of a loss to Colorado State, as many or more points than MW teams have scored in 55 full games this season. The Falcons had scored 59 or fewer points in three of their first 14 games and San Jose State went into Saturday averaging only 55.6.
rallied back from a nine-point deficit to take a 60-58 lead on New Mexico with 1:35 remaining, but lost it and eventually the game when forwardDavid Collette
fouled out challenging a shot by the Lobos’ Aget and assessed a technical after arguing the call with official Verne Harris. New Mexico hit the technical foul shots and Aget hit his foul shots, and the Aggies couldn’t recover. “That’s a great kid just being emotional (and) playing hard,” Utah State coachStew Morrill
said. “He lost his composure. He’s a freshman. He’ll learn and get better at it. That was a really tough play.”
•San Diego State
rebounded from its loss at Fresno State by taking out New Mexico 56-52. The Aztecs have won their past 14 games following a loss and last lost back-to-back games when on the road at Colorado State and at UNLV on Feb. 13 and Feb. 16 in 2013.
• Colorado State forwardJ.J. Avila
and Air Force guardMatt Mooney
were each suspended one game for their involvement in a brawl early in the second half of the Rams’ 92-87 victory. Avila was suspended for physical abuse of an opponent as well as actions that either provoked conflict or involved retaliation. Mooney was penalized for striking an opponent and receiving an ejection for fighting. Avila will miss the Rams’ game Wednesday against Nevada and Mooney will sit out a game at New Mexico.
, the Fresno State point guard, had 20 turnovers in his first 12 games, playing between 5 minutes against Cal and 36 against Bristol for an average of 22.4 per game. He had four turnovers in a rout of Saint Katherine College. But since Fresno State got into conference play, Owootoah has turned over the ball just twice in four games and 135 total minutes.
is off to a 4-0 start and leading the conference entering the third week of play, its best start since 2002-03. The Cowboys on Wednesday play San Diego State at the Arena-Auditorium, where they have won 13 games in a row, with a chance to go 5-0 and match their best MW start.
In the Spartans’ loss at UNLV, Rashad Muhammad missed all 11 shots he attempted, which is the worst shooting performance in a MW game this season — by a large margin.
•0 of 11:
Rashad Muhammad (San Jose State) at UNLV, 3 points.
•0 of 6:
J.J. O’Brien (San Diego State) at Fresno State, 0 points.
•0 of 6:
John Gillon (Colorado State) vs. Wyoming, 4 points.
•0 of 5:
Julien Lewis (Fresno State) at Nevada, 2 points.
•0 of 5:
Mikey Thompson (Boise State) vs. Utah State, 2 points.
•0 of 5:
Eric Cooper (Nevada) at Air Force, 1 point.
•0 of 5:
Michael Perez (Nevada) vs. Fresno State, 0 points.
The odd thing is Muhammad was coming off his best game of the season, scoring 26 points in a loss to Air Force in which he hit 10 of 18 shots, including 6 of 12 at the 3-point line.
Last season, the worst 0-for in conference play was a 0 of 8 by San Diego State forward Josh Davis against Fresno State and the Bulldogs’ Harris at Colorado State.