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Thanks To The Two Tylers

 

So yesterday I made the trip from Vegas to L.A. to catch the game, hoping beyond hope that my experience this time around would be better than my last couple trips (the opening debacle against CSUF this year and the Pac-10 tourney loss to SUC last year).  Thanks to the two Tylers, it was.

The first Tyler is, of course, TH without whom I may have cemented my jinx status in the eyes of my Vegas friends (every time I make the trip for a Bruins game, we seem to lose, even in '07-08 I managed to attend two UCLA losses).  I knew throughout the game that TH was putting together a ridiculous stat line so when I finally got to a computer I decided to check his numbers against recent history. Here are the ten best statistical performances by a freshman (not named Kevin Love) in the Ben Howland era:

 

Date Player Opponent Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk FGA FGM FTM FTA TO EFF
03/03/05 Jordan Farmar Oregon St. 23 7 7 2 0 7 11 8 8 2 33
02/25/10 Tyler Honeycutt Oregon St. 18 10 4 3 5 7 10 2 4 3 32
03/16/06 Luc Richard Mbah A Moute Belmont 17 8 6 3 0 7 9 3 3 2 30
11/30/04 Aaron Afflalo Long Beach 21 5 6 1 0 7 7 4 5 2 30
01/02/04 Trevor Ariza Oregon St. 24 9 2 0 0 11 13 0 2 2 29
12/23/08 Drew Gordon Wyoming 14 11 2 3 1 7 9 0 0 0 29
02/04/10 Tyler Honeycutt Stanford 12 11 8 2 3 5 9 2 4 2 28
12/11/04 Jordan Farmar Pepperdine 25 3 4 0 0 8 11 7 7 1 28
02/12/05 Jordan Farmar Arizona 27 5 5 2 0 10 17 3 6 2 27
01/06/05 Jordan Farmar Washington St. 19 4 6 4 0 8 14 1 1 0 27

So thanks TH for an impressive taste of things to come.

The other Tyler I'd like to thank for making my trip even better than I'd hoped is everybody's favorite little Bruin, Insomniac's son Tyler.  About midway through the second half (IIRC) the scoreboard opperator switched to a shot of an energetic little guy in a white headband at which point I half-shouted to my girlfriend, "hey, that's Tyler."  I then explained to her who Tyler was and how Insomniac's accounts and pics never fail to put a lump in my throat.  It was at that point that I thought to myself, "Tyler is a Bruins Nation celebrity, add that to a list of pimp accomplishments." 

Later as we were getting ready to head to the car, the band started playing "Rover," and sure enough as I scanned the courtside area from a distance I spotted that same little ball of energetic climbing up to the second row of bleachers, jumping down to the floor, doing a little dance then repeating the process.  Both my girlfiend and I left Pauley smiling from ear to ear.

So thanks to both Tyler's for making it a great trip to L.A.

*Update*

For Bruin Dad and Grad - a complete list of the top single game performances by Howland-era freshmen.  Once the KLove ban was lifted the statistics study predictably became a Love-fest:

 

Points
Rebounds
Assists Steals
Blocks
Efficiency
Love 29 Love 21 Honeycutt 9 Holiday 6 Love 7 Love 41
Farmar 27 Love 18 Farmar 9 Holiday 5 Honeycutt 5 Love 40
Love 27 Love 16 Honeycutt 8 Love 5 Love 4 Love 37
Love 26 Love 16 Ariza 8 Love 5 Love 4 Love 35
Love 26 Love 15 Collison 8 Farmar 4 Love 4 Love 34
Farmar 25 Love 14 Farmar 7 Farmar 4 Love 4 Love 34
Ariza 24 Love 14 Holiday 7 Shipp 4 Mbah a Moute 4 Farmar 33
Ariza 24 Love 14 Farmar 7 Mbah a Moute 4 Mbah a Moute 3 Honeycutt 32
Love 24 Ariza 14 Holiday 7 Mbah a Moute 4 Mbah a Moute 3 Love 32
Farmar 23 Love 13 Farmar 7 Honeycutt 3 Honeycutt 3 Love 31
Afflalo 22 Mbah a Moute 13 Holiday 7 Holiday 3 Love 3 Mbah a Moute 30
Love 22 Honeycutt 13 Farmar 7 Mbah a Moute 3 Love 3 Afflalo 30
Love 22 Mbah a Moute 13 Farmar 7 Farmar 3 Lane 3 Love 29
Afflalo 21 Love 12 Farmar 7 Holiday 3 Nelson 3 Gordon 29
Ariza 21 Love 12 Mbah a Moute 6 Ariza 3 Holiday 3 Love 29
Love 21 Shipp 12 Afflalo 6 Holiday 3 Love 3 Ariza 29
Love 21 Nelson 12 Holiday 6 Farmar 3 Morgan 3 Honeycutt 28
Nelson 21 Love 12 Holiday 6 Holiday 3 Love 2 Farmar 28
Farmar 20 Mbah a Moute 12 Farmar 6 Collison 3 Holiday 2 Love 28
Holiday 20 Love 11 Farmar 6 Honeycutt 3 Honeycutt 2 Love 27



 

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