Thursday, January 21, 2010

Fun for everyone

All the fun Jacksonville State had Thursday night in beating Tennessee State on ESPNU extended all through the roster.

All three of the Gamecocks' walkons -- Samir Rolley, Roderick McReynolds and Jonathan Merit -- got to play, and all were on the floor for the final 48.4 seconds. All three put up a shot, with McReynolds firing up a 3, while Rolley had a rebound and Merit got a steal.

"I was happy for them and I was pleased with their effort out there, their excitement," JSU coach James Green said. "The fact it was a short period of time, it did not matter.

"I was probably as excited about those guys getting an opportunity to go in and be on national television -- hopefully their families were watching and fans were watching -- as I was for our whole team to be on."

Here's a note we'll explore later this week ---

Guard Dominique Shellman had a career-high 10 assists in the game against the Tigers and scored seven points. He now has 78 assists and 71 points this season (36 and 34 in conference games).

He went into the game one of seven players -- with a minimum of four assists per game -- to average more assists than points.

The others were James Hett, Monmouth (3.9 ppg, 5.2 apg); Julian Olubuyl, Northern Arizona (2.7, 4.0); London Warren, Dayton (3.8, 4.2); Mike Douglas, W. Michigan (3.4, 4.3); Brian Morris, Towson (2.6, 4.2); Shellman (3.8, 4.0) and Danny Smith, Morgan State (3.8, 4.0).

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