When you think of the top players in college basketball, a few big names come to mind immediately: BYU’s Jimmer Fredette, Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith at Duke, and Connecticut’s Kemba Walker.
It turns out Walker isn’t the only one racking up the points in the Big East.
Enter Marshon Brooks of Providence. He’s averaging 25.4 points per game, second in the country behind Fredette. Brooks added to his lofty totals when he lit up Notre Dame for a Big East record 52-points in a 94-93 loss to #9 Notre Dame on Wednesday at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.
It was a banner night all the way around for the 6-foot, 5-inch Senior from Stone Mountain, GA. Brooks made 20 field goals, breaking the old Big East record held by Miami’s Steve Rich in 1996. His 52-points are the most scored in a single game in the country this year and the most ever scored in a game against Notre Dame.
The senior is used to getting buckets in bunches. On February 5, Brooks had 43-points in an 83-81 loss at Georgetown. Coupled with last night’s performance, he joins Jimmy Walker and Eric Murdock as the only Friars to score at least 40 points twice in a season, according to the team’s website.
Brooks has been a bright spot in what has been a difficult and frustrating season for Keno Davis squad. After knocking off nationally-ranked Louisille and Villanova in late January, the Friars have lost six of their last seven. Providence is just [3-12] in the extremely tough Big East. The Friars haven’t been to the NCAA tournament since 2004.
Brooks says his biggest thrill in sports was watching Kobe Bryant score 81-points in a game against the Raptors, according to Brooks’ profile on the team’s official website.
There’s nothing shabby about putting up 52 in college.