Derrick Williams, Corey Fisher and College Hoops' Top 10 Ballers of the Day

Doug Brodess@DougbrodessCorrespondent IFebruary 20, 2011

Derrick Williams, Corey Fisher and College Hoops' Top 10 Ballers of the Day

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    Derrick Williams found a new way to help Arizona win a huge game against Washington.

    Corey Fisher used his standard strength to take down DePaul.

    Not one, not two, but three Top 10 teams went down to defeat.

    That's just a fraction of the action that happened in college basketball on Saturday, February 19th.

    Here are the 10 highest-impact performances from yesterday's high-importance games:

Matthew Bryan-Amaning: Washington Huskies

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    SYRACUSE, NY - MARCH 25:  Matthew Bryan-Amaning #11 of the Washington Huskies reacts in the first half against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the east regional semifinal of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Carrier Dome on March 25,
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    MBA did everything that he could to help the Huskies take a win from Arizona in Tucson.

    He scored 24 points, grabbed eight rebounds, handed out four assists, made four steals and rejected seven shots.

    In the end, Arizona won an 87-86 thriller, and the Huskies, with this loss, put themselves in a more difficult position to make it to this year's NCAA Tournament.

Brandon Richardson: Nebraska Cornhuskers

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 10:  Brandon Richardson #3 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers shoots a free throw in the second half against the Missouri Tigers during the first round game of the 2010 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament at the Sprint Center o
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    Nebraska handed No. 2-ranked Texas their first loss in Big 12 play, 70-67.

    Brandon Richardson knocked down a pair of free throws with 7.2 seconds left to cement the Cornhuskers' victory.

    That pair of free throws were only two of the nine that he hit on the day.

    The 6'0" guard from Los Angeles led the way for Nebraska with 15 points.

Dwight Hardy: St. John's Red Storm

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    NEW YORK - DECEMBER 09: Dwight Hardy #12 of the St. John's Red Storm shoots a free throw against the Georgia Bulldogs during the SEC Big East Invitational at Madison Square Garden on December 9, 2009 in New York, New York. The Red Storm defeated the Bulld
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    Dwight Hardy's scoop shot with 1.2 seconds left Saturday gave St. John's a 60-59 victory at home over No. 4 Pitt.

    Hardy led the Red Storm with 19 points (on 10-of-12 free-throw shooting) and three steals.

    St. John's (17-9, 9-5 in the Big East) is 5-1 at home this season against ranked foes.

Truck Bryant: West Virginia Mountaineers

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    Truck Bryant picked a great day to break out of a shooting/scoring slump.

    Bryant's game-high 24 points helped West Virginia beat No. 7 Notre Dame, 72-58

    Bryant was 4-for-7 from beyond the arc and he made 10 of 12 free throws.

    With the win against the Fighting Irish, the Mountaineers (17-9, 8-6 in the Big East) are 46-8 in the WVU Coliseum in the Bob Huggins era.

Kawhi Leonard: San Diego State Aztecs

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    Kawhi Leonard posted his 19th double-double of the season with 18 points and 15 boards as the Aztecs (27-1, 12-1 Mountain West) beat Air Force on the road, 70-58.

    Leonard hit nine of 10 free throws and grabbed seven offensive rebounds.

    The victory helped the Aztecs break their previous record for wins in a season, set in 2008-09, when they went 26-10.

Tu Holloway: Xavier Musketeers

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    Triple-doubles are not easy to come by.

    But Tu Holloway's 26 points, career-high 11 rebounds and 10 assists helped Xavier hold off Fordham, 79-72.

    The 6'0" senior guard was 8-for-11 from the field and 9-for-11 from the line.

    Xavier extended its conference-record home winning streak to 38 games and sent Fordham to its 38th consecutive A-10 defeat.

Tony Mitchell: Alabama Crimson Tide

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    NASHVILLE, TN - FEBRUARY 10:  Tony Mitchell #5 of the Alabama Crimson Tide dunks against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Memorial Gym on February 10, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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    Sophomore forward Tony Mitchell had a monster day.

    He put up 27 points, pulled down nine rebounds, handed out three assists, made two steals and blocked two shots as Alabama chopped down Arkansas 69-58.

    Mitchell was 11-for-15 from the floor and grabbed six offensive rebounds.

    With the win, the Crimson Tide (18-8, 10-2) clinched at least a share of the SEC West Division championship.

Kenneth Faried: Morehead State Eagles

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    DAYTON, OH - MARCH 20: Kenneth Faried #35 of the Morehead State Eagles drives to the hoop against the Louisville Cardinals during the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the University of Dayton Arena on March 20, 2009 in Day
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    It's not every day that you shove aside a future Hall of Famer and set an NCAA record at the same time.

    Kenneth Faried, Morehead State's forward/center, surpassed Tim Duncan's career rebounding mark by grabbing 12 boards, giving him 1,576 in his four-year collegiate career.

    Faried also scored 17 points as the Eagles beat Indiana State on the road, 71-65.

    Faried leads the nation in rebounding (14.3 rpg) and double-doubles (22) in 28 games this season.

Corey Fisher: Villanova Wildcats

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    ROSEMONT, IL - FEBRUARY 19: Corey Fisher #10 of the Villanova Wildcats shoots under pressure from Brandon Young #20 of the DePaul Blue Demons at the Allstate Arena on February 19, 2011 in Rosemont, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    Corey Fisher seems to like playing away from Philly.

    He saved Villanova from an embarrasing defeat on the road to DePaul, 77-75.

    Fisher scored a career-high 34 points, and nailed the tying three-pointer near the end of regulation.

    He hit five of eight three-pointers on the day.

    Fisher's previous high was 28 at Connecticut in January.

Derrick Williams: Arizona Wildcats

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    The Arizona Wildcats are used to Derrick Williams leading the way to victory through his scoring and rebounding.

    But Williams blocked a Washington shot with 0.2 seconds remaining (pictured) to preserve a huge home win against the Washington Huskies, 87-86.

    Williams scored 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds on the day.

    The Naismith Award finalist shot 8-for-16 from the floor (including 2-for-2 from beyond the arc) and 8-for-9 from the line.