Melvin Ejim Scores Big 12-Record 48 Points in Iowa State's Win vs. TCU

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIFebruary 8, 2014

Iowa State forward Melvin Ejim (3) reacts after being called for a foul during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Oklahoma in Ames, Iowa, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)
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Senior forward Melvin Ejim has been fantastic for a surging Iowa State team during the 2013-14 season. He has been one of the most consistent players on offense, scoring at least 17 points in 14 of his 20 games played.

Well, he really upped the ante on Saturday against TCU.

Ejim posted 48 points against the Horned Frogs, completing a performance that earned him the Big 12 single-game scoring record. The Big 12 Conference's Twitter account posted his accomplishment immediately after the game's conclusion:

However, Ejim's record-breaking performance did not stop there. As noted in a tweet from TCU's beat writer Stefan Stevenson, Ejim's 20-made field goals also set a Big 12 single-game record:

Not only did Ejim make NCAA history on Saturday, but he was able to put together a performance that the NBA hasn't seen in quite some time, according to a tweet from Jeremy Lundblad of ESPN:

Ejim had this to say after the game, per Sporting News' Roger Kuznia:

"It was teamwork," Ejim said afterward. "These guys just did a great job finding me in transition and getting me the ball in places where I could score. They made really selfless plays. We were just giving up the ball and luckily, I was on the receiving end."

In case you missed his impressive showing on Saturday, ESPN's YouTube account compiled all of Ejim's highlights on the day:

Before the game, during an interview with, Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg had this to say about Ejim's consistency, "That's been Melvin for four years now, he is just consistent. You know he is going to make the right play and be in the right spot."

Sure, Hoiberg expects big things from Ejim, but the coach could not have predicted this kind of performance on Saturday.

Ejim and Iowa State will take the court again on Monday at West Virginia, where the forward will look to continue to make his mark on college basketball.