After missing four games following surgery on his left thumb, senior tri-captain Leon Jones returned to the floor with 10:53 remaining in the first half. This was Jones' first action since playing 16 minutes in a start in the season opener against Oakland (Nov. 16). At 10:13, Jones drove from the left side of the basket and made a layup to score his first points in nearly two weeks. Jones tied a career high with seven rebounds and finished with five points in 12 minutes of play.
He's Board, So He'll Shoot Too
IPFW had no answer to Chris Young underneath the basket, as the senior tri-captain notched a point-rebound double-double (22 points and 10 rebounds). Each of the three times Young has rebounded in double digits in his career, he has recorded a double-double. Additionally, the big man's 22 points were a career best, surpassing a 19-point performance against Eastern Michigan Dec. 30, 2000. Rounding out Young's career night were career highs of nine field goals made and 16 field goals attempted.
Bailey's Career Night
Chuck Bailey tied career highs with 13 points and seven rebounds on 6-of-8 shooting. The freshman also had a 13-point, seven-rebound performance at Western Michigan, Nov. 23, 2001.
B-Robbing the Boards
With a season-high seven rebounds against IPFW, sophomore wing Bernard Robinson Jr. ran his career total of boards to 154. Robinson's career-best performance was nine rebounds against Indiana on Jan. 9, 2001.
Board With This Century
LaVell Blanchard's fourth rebound of the night, with 9:31 left in the second half, was the junior's 500th as a Wolverine. The rebound came on the defensive glass. Blanchard finished the game with five rebounds. Blanchard has also eclipsed the 10-assist mark so far this season, tallying three helpers in the game in addition to his season-high 18 points.
LaVell Blanchard has made over 200 successful free throws in his time as a Wolverine (204). Blanchard shot 8-of-9 from the line against IPFW and is 19-of-23 so far this season. The junior forward is currently 11 points away from becoming the 37th player in school history to record 1,000 points in his career (989).
He Works for Three Because He Loves What He Does
Bernard Robinson Jr. connected on his first three-pointer of the season at 9:52 of the first frame. Robinson finished the game shooting 2-of-3 from behind the arc and ran his career total to 29-for-91. Robinson had a season-best 16 points in the game, in addition to seven rebounds.
No Hoop for You
With his seventh blocked shot of the season to begin the first half against IPFW (Dec. 4), Chris Young tallied the 60th block of his career. Young has succeeded in blocking at least one shot in each of the six games so far this season.
Three for Avery
Avery Queen's three steals bested his career high in that category. He had two steals on seven other occasions, the last time against Minnesota on Feb. 17, 2001. Queen finished with a team season-high seven assists, adding four rebounds and three points.
Freshman forward Chuck Bailey tied a career best and surpassed 25 rebounds with his seven-board performance against IPFW. In the first six games of this season, Bailey has pulled down 29 rebounds.
Ro-ing for Third Straight Game
Senior tri-captain Rotolu Adebiyi notched his first-ever free throw attempts and first successful free throw, as the former walk-on played three minutes in his third consecutive appearance, the longest streak of his career.
Senior Herb Gibson tied a career best with one blocked shot and added an assist in three minutes of play against IPFW.