Player of the Night -- Mike Muscala, Bucknell
Bucknell is off to its best start in 105 years thanks to another monster performance from Muscala. He finished with 26 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, three steals and five blocks in a 71-65 win over Marist. If you combine the averages for points, rebounds and blocks, he’s now tied with Duke’s Mason Plumlee for most in the nation (32.0).
Bucknell improved to 11-1, its best start since an undefeated 1907-08 season.
Freshman of the Night -- Anthony Bennett, UNLV
With 20 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks, Bennett put forth another complete effort in UNLV’s win over Northern Iowa. It’s his fourth 20-10 game this season. No other freshman has more than two.
Still averaging just 27 minutes per game, he now leads the nation in points plus rebounds plus blocks per 40 minutes.
Bench Player of the Night -- Konner Tucker, UTEP
In reality, you could take your pick among several bench stars in UTEP’s triple-overtime win over Oregon. More than half of the Miners’ 91 points came off the bench. That included 21 points and 10 rebounds from John Bohannon, and 12 points and eight assists out of Jacques Streeter.
But it was Tucker, in just his second game with the Miners, who scored nine of his 12 points in the overtimes, including the decisive points down the stretch. After stints at Lon Morris College, Wake Forest and Sam Houston State, Tucker is closing out his career at UTEP.
Stat Sheet Stuffer -- Peyton Siva, Louisville
In a game hyped for the Pitino father-son matchup, Siva made the biggest impression. He finished with 15 points and a career-high 12 assists as Louisville topped FIU 79-55. That included a career-high five 3s.
It’s the first such 15-12 game for a Louisville player since Francisco Garcia in 2004.
Scorer of the Night -- Jesse Morgan, Massachusetts
Morgan’s career-high 35 points led the Minutemen to an 85-76 win over Ohio. The last UMass player with more points in a game was Marcus Camby in 1996.
His 35 points are the most in the A-10 this season. Morgan went into halftime with 24 points, a Mullins Center record.