Ryan Taylor had a game-high 29 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for his 39th career double-double
Senior forward Ryan Taylor will play in his 100th game for the Thundering Herd
Herd, Catamounts will meet for the 44th time
2009-10 (JUNIOR): Played in 28 games after missing six games (East Carolina 1-West Virginia and Memphis-Houston) due to arthroscopic surgery to repair a slight meniscus tear in his left knee and subsequent illness...shot 54.5% (66-of-121) from the field...was third on the team in rebounding (3.6)...56-of-99 rebounds were on the offensive glass; Seventh on team in scoring (6.4)...enter senior season with 796 career points...Scored eight points and pulled down five rebounds in 28 minutes against North Carolina A&T to open the season Nov. 15...went 4-of-5 from the field and added one assist...Led team in scoring (12) against Middle Tennessee State (11/17) including a dunk with 3:57 remaining to put the Thundering Herd ahead in the lead for good..was 5-of-9 from the field...Tallied five rebounds, two rebounds, and one block...scored two points to go along with two rebounds against Old Dominon (11/21)...posted six points and five rebounds vs. Lamar (11/25)...pulled down six rebounds (four offensive) against Ohio (11/28)...registered eight points, four rebounds, one block, and one steal vs. Salem (12/3)...scored two points and had one rebound at Binghamton (12/7)...tallied 15 points and eight rebounds against Troy (12/12)...Scored seven points and tallied two assists against Brescia (12/16)...Came off the bench for first time to score five points against High Point (12/20)...had five offensive rebounds and one block in 15 minutes against the Panthers...scored two points and had four rebounds at North Carolina (12/22)...Charted six points on 3-of-4 shooting and pulled in five rebounds (four offensive) in six minutes in rematch at Troy (12/28)...scored four points to compliment one assist and one steal Jan. 2...scored 12 points and had four offensive rebounds the night before his knee surgery against Southern Miss..returned from knee injury to grab two rebounds in three minutes against UAB....returned from illness and played 12 minutes against Tulsa...scored three points against the Golden Hurricane...posted a season high 18 points in only 16 minute against East Carolina...was 7-of-10 from the floor and made first career three-point field goal in the 51-point victory over the Pirates...registered first double-double of season with 16 points and 11 rebounds against Rio Grande (1/16)... hauled in two offensive rebounds in 12 minutes at UAB (2/13)..grabbed two rebounds to go along with one assist, and one steal against Tulsa (2/17)...scored seven points at Tulane (2/20)...charted two rebounds and one steal in eight minutes at Rice (2/23)...scored 15 points and reset season high with 13 free throw attempts (made seven) against UCF Feb. 27...4-of-6 rebounds were on the offensive glass...played 30 minutes in triple overtime contest...recordedtwo points, one rebound, and one block during 11 minutes of work against UTEP (3/2)...tallied one rebound in seven minutes in season finale at SMU Mar. 6...scored eight points and nabbed three rebounds in Conference USA Tournament quarterfinals Mar. 11...started for first time since Binghamton game in first round of CollegeInsider.com Tournament...was 4-of-6 from the field and 2-of-5 from the free throw line for 11 points against Western Carolina..recorded seven points by going 3-of-5 from the field and 1-of-1 from the free throw line against Appalachian State in CIT quarterfinals Mar. 22.
2008-09 (SOPHOMORE): Started 17-of-32 appearances...averaged 8.7 points per game...was second on the team in blocks (15)...third on the squad in rebounding (4.9 rpg) and field goal shooting (.520, 103-of-198)...came off bench to score eight points, grab seven rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 19 minutes vs WVU Tech (11/16)...in three Glenn Wilkes Classic games in Daytona (11/21-23), which included two starts, averaged. 7.7 ppg and 4.0 rpg....went 9-of-14 (64.3 pct) from field, including a 4-for-5 mark vs. UW-Green Bay in 10-point, 5-rebound outing...scored team high 15 pts on 6-11 FG with nine rebounds (six offensive) vs. Old Dominion (11/29); 2-for-2 from free throw line with five second left to ice four-point win...Posted first double-double of season with 10-point, 10-rebound effort vs East Tennessee State (12/2); went 4-6 FG in 27 minutes off bench...recorded eight points (4-10 FG) with five rebounds, block, and assist in 35 mins at Boston University (12/6)...a starter, but played only 18 minutes vs UT-Arlington (12/13); held scoreless (0-1 FG) for first time in career...blocked first shot of game and netted 10 first half points with five rebounds, and an assist to spark MU to 11-point halftime lead vs Ohio (12/17); finished with 14 pts (6-7 FG), game-high seven rebounds...scored season-high 21 points with 7 rebounds vs. Cumberlands (12/20); set career-highs in free throws (13) and free throw attempts (16)...went 2-for-9 from the field and 3-for-4 from the line for seven points with three rebounds and one block at Dayton (12/23)...put up a team-high 18 points (5-6 FG) and went 8-for-8 from free throw line with six rebounds and career-high two blocks vs. Tennessee State(12/28)...held scoreless at USD (1/2) in 12 minutes; went 0-for-1 with four rebounds, and a assist; played just three second half minutes...scored one points and charted two assists in 21 minutes at Memphis (1/7)...started but played just 15 minutes (3-7 FG, 6 pts) vs East Carolina (1/10)...started, but played only 15 minutes (1-2 FG, 2 pts) vs. West Virginia (1/14)...converted on just 1-of-6 shots at Tulsa (1/17)...scored six points in 19 minutes vs SMU (1/21)...scored four points with a block and a steal at UCF (1/25)...started, scored 4 points with four rebounds at Southern Miss (1/27)...had nine points and grabbed six boards in 18 minutes vs. UAB (1/31)...led team in scoring with 10 points vs Tulsa (2/4)...started and led Herd with six rebounds in win over Tulane (2/7)...scored eight points and recorded seven rebounds vs. Rio Grande (2/10)...Posted four points and four rebounds at UTEP (2/14)...matched season high with 21 points in win over Houston (2/18)...nabbed a game high nine rebounds at Tulane (2/21)...scored 12 points, grabbed six boards and recorded two assists at East Carolina (2/25)...scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the win over UCF (2/28)...netted 18 points and grabbed five boards in the win over Rice (3/4)...led the team by scoring 15 points at UAB (3/7)...Recorded six points and five rebounds against Rice in first round of Conference USA Tournament.
2007-08 (FRESHMAN): Named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team...started 29 of 30 games, averaging 27.5 minutes per game...second on team in rebounds (5.8/game, 14th in C-USA), FG percentage (52.3 pct., 9th in C-USA), double-doubles (4), FT attempts (134) and FG made (124)...third on team in scoring (11.5 ppg, 20th in C-USA) and blocks (0.3/game)...made a team-high 98 free throws and shot 73.1 percent from FT line (15th in C-USA)...second in C-USA in off. rebounds (2.8/game)...reached double digits in points in 11 of first 12 games of career, including a near double-double in collegiate debut with 10 points and team-high nine rebounds vs Pikeville (Nov. 13)...netted 14 points in come-from-behind win over East Tenn. State (Nov. 20)...led team with 16 points (6-10 FG) vs Boston Univ. (Nov. 25)...recorded 18 points with eight rebounds at Louisville (Dec. 18) and went career-best 10-for-10 from FT line...posted first career double-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds vs Lipscomb (Dec. 29)...led team in scoring in back-to-back wins with 19-point outings vs West Coast Conference champ San Diego (Dec. 31) and Big South champ Winthrop (Jan. 5), adding career-high 13 rebounds (nine offensive) against Eagles...combined to go 13-for-19 shooting in two-game stretch...swiped career-high four steals with eight rebounds and two assists in C-USA opener at Rice (Jan. 9)...scored eight points with team-high six rebounds vs No. 2 Memphis (Jan. 12)...played season-high 38 minutes vs UAB (Jan. 19), grabbed game-high 11 rebounds...in lone non-start, netted 12 points with four rebounds, block vs Tulsa (Jan. 30)...held without rebound only time of season at UCF (Feb. 6) with three points, two assists...14 points, four rebounds vs East Carolina (Feb. 9)...scored game- and career-high 24 points in dramatic road win at SMU (Feb. 13) with 11 rebounds, going 9-for-13 from the floor and 6-for-7 from FT line...went 5-for-9 for 13 points, five rebounds in win vs Tulane (Feb. 16)...netted 10 points with seven rebounds, two steals, block vs UTEP (Feb. 20)...tallied game-high 20 points (8-11 FG), incl. reverse, spinning lay-in plus foul that sparked MU comeback win from 15-point deficit at Tulane (March 5)...attempted career-high 14 FG (6-14) for team-highs in points (15) and rebounds (10) in C-USA first round loss to Tulane (March 12) at FedExForum.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played three seasons at his hometown Laurens HS, one at Prince Avenue Prep and a season at The Patterson School in North Carolina...averaged 16 points and 12 rebounds per game at Patterson in leading the school to a 36-4 record and a berth in the national prep school semifinals...ranked the third best player in North Carolina by scout.com...ranked No. 22 in Hoop Scoop's final ranking of the top 5th year players in 2007.
PERSONAL: Born July 3, 1986...son of Patricia Speaks...has a brother, Quinton, who attends Anderson College...favorite television show is Sponge Bob...a board of regents major.