Player of the Night - Kyle Fuller, Vanderbilt
Kyle Fuller scored all 12 of Vanderbilt’s overtime points in a 66-64 win over Xavier. Fuller finished with a career-high 25 points. Not bad for a player who scored a total of 17 points all last season.
On a team that lost its top six scorers from last season, Fuller (13.3 PPG) and Kedren Johnson (17.0 PPG) are taking on the load. On Thursday, they combined for 44 of Vanderbilt’s 66 points.
Stat Sheet Stuffer I – LaDontae Henton, Providence
He may be playing in a small state, but LaDontae Henton showed a pretty big game on Thursday. The sophomore went off for 21 points and a career-high 17 rebounds as Providence beat URI 72-57 in the battle for Ocean State pride.
It’s no surprise to see a Friar putting up big numbers, given their depleted bench. The Friars had only six scholarship players suited up on Thursday. Three Providence players rank in the top five of the Big East in minutes. Freshman Josh Fortune has played all but 13 minutes this season.
Stat Sheet Stuffer II – Kyle Barone, Idaho
Kyle Barone did a little bit of everything in Idaho’s 81-79 overtime win over Eastern Washington. He finished with 20 points, 11 rebounds five blocks and five assists.
He’s just the fourth player in the past four seasons to post such a 20-10-5-5 line, joining an impressive list of small conference luminaries: Tony Mitchell, Keith Benson and Kyle O’Quinn.
Scorer of the Night – Greg Gantt, Florida Atlantic
Greg Gantt had 21 points at halftime and finished with a career-high 34 points in Florida Atlantic’s 88-78 win over Stetson.
It’s the most points by a Sun Belt player this season, and the most by an Owl since DeAndre Rice’s 39 in 2007.
Ugly Stat of the Night – Arkansas-Little Rock
UALR had as many turnovers (32) as rebounds in its 87-53 loss to Cincinnati. Three Trojans finished with at least six turnovers on the night.
The 32 turnovers match the most by any team this season and is the most by a Sun Belt school in 11 years. It’s the most forced by Cincinnati in almost six years.