Player of the Night -- Vander Blue, Marquette
Blue scored a career-high 30 points to lead Marquette over South Florida 63-50. It’s the most points by a Golden Eagle in almost two years. He had 21 points in the second half alone, nearly outscoring the entire USF team, which scored 26. Marquette moves to 6-1 in Big East play, tied atop the league with Syracuse.
Stat Sheet Stuffer -- Gorgui Dieng, Louisville
Dieng had a huge game as Louisville snapped a three-game losing streak with a 64-61 win over Pittsburgh. He finished with 14 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and five blocks. The last Big East player to do that in a conference game was Pitt’s Aaron Gray in 2007. Dieng is now averaging 10.6 PPG and 11.6 RPG in conference play.
Freshman of the Night -- Venky Jois, Eastern Washington
One of the most impressive freshman seasons has quietly been happening in Cheney, Wash. Jois leads all freshmen with nine double-doubles, the most recent occurring on Monday. He finished with 20 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and three blocks in Eastern Washington’s 76-65 win over Portland State. Only All-America candidates Jamaal Franklin and Mike Muscala have done that in a game this season.
Bench Player of the Night -- Carl Baptiste, Delaware
Baptiste made up for an uncharacteristically quiet rebounding night from Jamelle Hagins, who fell eight below his season average with only three. A transfer from Saint Joseph’s, Baptiste finished with eight points and a career-high 13 rebounds as Delaware held off Drexel 66-64. Hagins has recorded 18 games of at least 13 rebounds since the last time one of his teammates did it.