Monday was a quiet night in the NCAA. With only 17 games in total, 3 Canadians suited up for action.
Murphy Burnatowski (Waterloo, ON) scored 15 points (6-11 FG, 1-5 3PT, 2-2FT) grabbed 3 boards and added one assist as Colgate beat Lafayette. This was Burnatowski’s fifth straight game scoring in double figures, however his Raiders3 still struggling only pulling out two wins in the five game span.
On a side note …
Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, ON) is abosultely killing it. Initially, Michigan got off to a rocky start in the 2013-14 season only winning 6 of their firat 10 games. To add insult to injury, big man and last years top recruit, Mitch McGary went down to a season ending back injury the end seemed very near for the Wolverines. But Stauskas has stepped up to the plate and has showed what it is like to be a leader. Stauskas has averaged 22 ppg, 4.5 ast and 4.2 rebounds in Michigans last 4 victories all the while Michigan is still undefeated in conference play, and in the big ten conference that is a massive feat to accomplish. Why? Well take a look at Michigans last 3 games. They have played and beaten #10 Iowa then beat (both teams ranked #3 in the NCAA) Wisconsin and Michigan State. The most impressive feat I take away from the Michigan State game is that Gary Harris was playing, and he played very well. Usually when Harris (a top 10 prospect in the upcoming draft) plays well for Michigan State they don’t lose. In fact, this was the Spartans first loss of the season when Harris scored more than 20 points. Stauskas is reaping the benefits of a hard summer at work that NPH documented in “The Process”. And with all stats aside, Stauskas is playing with a confidence and swagger that all great leaders show. From strutting his stuff after a huge 3 point play (against Iowa) or nailing a clutch step back jumper (against Wisconsin), the entire Wolverine team believes in the 6 foot 6 Mississauga native.