Player of the Night -- Hal Bateman, Stephen F. Austin
Oklahoma had won 36 straight nonconference home games before Tuesday’s 56-55 loss to Stephen F. Austin. That streak dated back to the Lumberjacks’ 2007 win in Norman.Bateman provided the go-ahead free throws on his way to a career-high 13 points and nine assists. The real story continues to be defense. The Lumberjacks allow 0.77 points per possession, the fewest in the nation.
Debut of the Night -- Kris Dunn, Providence
Playing in his first career game, Dunn’s 13 assists against Colgate were the most by a Big East freshman since Craig Austrie in 2005.
It tied Providence’s freshman record, last accomplished in 2002. ESPN 100’s second highest rated freshman point guard in the nation, Dunn already has the second-most assists in a game by a freshman this season behind the 14 from Furman’s Stephen Croone.
Stat Sheet Stuffer -- Solomon Hill, Arizona
In Arizona’s 89-64 win over Oral Roberts, Hill finished with 12 points, 5 assists, 6 rebounds, 6 steals and 2 blocks.He’s the only Pac-12 player to reach all of those levels in at least the past 15 seasons. No power conference player had done it since Florida State’s Chris Singleton in 2010.
Scorer of the Night -- Dave Dudzinski, Holy Cross
Dudzinski scored a career-high 31 points in the Crusaders’ 73-63 win at San Francisco.That’s eight more than his previous career best, and it’s the most points by a Holy Cross player in a road game since Tim Clifford in 2008.
Freshman of the Night -- Stephen Hurt, Lipscomb
Hurt went off for 23 points and 18 rebounds, as Lipscomb beat Austin Peay 87-84. Most impressively, that came in just 26 minutes due to foul trouble.For some perspective, the last two freshmen with a 23-18 game were Jared Sullinger and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist last December.