In his 100th game in college, Nevada point guard Lindsey Drew just accomplished something no player has done in the last decade.
In Nevada's 79-74 loss to Utah on Tuesday night, Drew tallied 30 points, eight assists, six rebounds and made five 3-pointers. Since College Reference started compiling game logs in 2010-11, a decade ago, only 15 players have had 30-plus points, eight-plus assists, six-plus rebounds and five-plus 3-pointers in a game (here's the entire list). But only Drew put up those numbers without a turnover. More impressively, it came against a Power opponent. Of the 15 games with players tallying 30/8/6/5, only three have come against Power 5 foes.
Drew's effort was historic. It also was unexpected. The fifth-year senior had not played in a regular-season game since Feb. 14, 2018 when he tore his Achilles in a win at Boise State. Drew redshirted last season after having surgery on both of his hips. So Tuesday's game marked his first in 630 days.
“He was terrific,” Nevada head coach Steve Alford said. “He was just terrific. Thirty and 8 and 6 and hadn’t played in 20 months. He was special tonight. That was incredible to see."
Drew became the 15th Wolf Pack player since 2000 to score 30-plus points in a game, joining the likes of the Martin twins, Jordan Caroline, Nick Fazekas, Kirk Snyder and Luke Babbitt, among others. He previous career high in scoring was 17 points in a loss to UNLV during his junior season. He tore his Achilles two games later.
Drew also set career highs in field-goals made (12, his previous high was five); field-goal attempted (19, his previous high was 15); 3-pointers made (five, his previous high was three); and 3-point attempts (nine, his previous high was six). Drew's eight assists were one shy his career high of nine, which he has hit four times.
All told, Drew made 12-of-19 field goals and scored or assisted on 20 of Nevada's 28 made baskets. Drew did all of that after Jalen Harris, Nevada's leading scorer in the exhibition season, suffered a game-ending foot injury after playing just eight minutes.
“Impressive to say the least,” teammate Jazz Johnson said of Drew. “He was efficient, he passed the ball well, he rebounded well. Ultimately, it comes down to, ‘We have to help him out.’ He did his part with Jalen going down. We had to step up and help him, and we didn’t get the job done.”
Drew played 36 minutes, a total higher than Alford expected, but one required after Nevada's already-thin roster got into foul trouble and lost Harris. Drew got the Wolf Pack off to a hot start, hitting three 3-pointers in the game's first four minutes. He never really slowed down. Drew had 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting in the first half and 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting in the second half.
The Southern California native said he hadn't scored 30 points in a game since he AAU days. Paired with stars like the Martin twins, Caroline, Cameron Oliver, Kendall Stephens and Marcus Marshall over the years, Drew had not been asked to be a primary scorer during his Wolf Pack career. With those players departed, Drew's scoring was expected to increase this season, but certainly not to the 30-point level.
Drew said he didn't go into the game thinking he was going to be more aggressive as a scorer than he had previously been at Nevada. But after heating up at the start of the game, he became more assertive, but it didn't come at the expense of his teammates as evidenced by the eight assists and zero turnovers.
“Honestly, it wasn't really in my head going in," Drew said of trying to score more. "I was kind of seeing what the defense gave me early in the first half. I had some open threes, taking advantage of that, but I definitely didn’t go into the game thinking it'd be more offensive for me.”
While Drew excelled, the rest of the Wolf Pack shot just 32.7 percent (16-of-49). And while the loss might have spoiled Drew's spectacular outing, it doesn't change the fact he just produced a game that hasn't been accomplished for at least a decade.
“Honestly, it was cool," Drew said of his effort. "But like you said, it doesn’t mean anything if we don’t get the 'W,' so I kind of throw that away."