Melvin Ejim is the proud owner of the most impressive stat line you will see from a college basketball player this season.
On Saturday, the Iowa State senior forward played his way into the record book with 48 points and 18 rebounds in an easy victory over TCU. No player in Big 12 history has scored more points in a game — former K-State players Michael Beasley and Denis Clemente held the previous record with 44 points — and that alone is a testament to his big game. The fact that he only needed 24 shots, making 20, to set the mark is jaw-dropping.
It overshadowed previously strong games from West Virginia’s Juwan Staten (35 points against Kansas State) and K-State’s Marcus Foster (34 points against Texas).
“He obviously had an incredible game,” Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg said. “You look at all the great player who have been through this league — Kevin Durant and Michael Beasley — nobody has put up that type of point production. It was a great game. The thing that was fun for me to watch was our players keep feeding him the ball. We had 32 field goals on 27 assists.”
Ejim seems like an unlikely player to hold the Big 12’s single-game scoring mark, considering his previous career-high was 23 points, but he is in the midst of a strong season. He is now averaging nearly 20 points and nine rebounds.
When asked to analyze Ejim’s memorable day, TCU coach Trent Johnson simply said, “We couldn’t guard him.”
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins added: “What an unbelievable day. I can’t remember a guy going 20 of 24.”
It happened on Saturday. Good luck finding a more impressive effort.
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