Ejim shows consistency amidst upperclassmen highlights

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Conventional wisdom suggests that consistency comes with experience. You probably remember Coach Al McGuire’s old line that the best thing about freshmen is they become sophomores.

Certainly, the Cyclone men’s basketball team has already enjoyed some star performances, and they have come from the upperclassmen:

* Senior Jamie VanderBeken exploded for 20 first-half points (a career-best 23 in total) in the season opener against Northern Arizona.

* Senior Diante Garrett’s 13-point, four-rebound, five-assist, four-steal game vs. Alabama State and “double double” (14 points, 10 assists) vs. Drake were stat stuffers.

* Senior Jake Anderson’s shut down defense and 15-point, eight-rebound, five-assist debut vs. NAU caught people’s attention.

* Junior Scott Christopherson made all 11 of his shots (5-5 from three-point range) and registered a career-high 29 points (19 in the first half) in the victory over Drake.

Quietly operating behind the veterans with a cool efficiency has been first-year freshman Melvin Ejim. With three straight double figure scoring games (10, 15 and 14), Ejim has been the model of consistency. Ejim has connected on 15-22 shots (.681) and 9-10 (.900) free throws.

Do you know the last Cyclone true freshmen to score in double figures his first three games? Answer: Curtis Stinson in 2003-04. Before you ask, the “Mayor” had six in a row in 1991-92 and Adam Haluska scored in double figures his first nine games of 2002-03.

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