Player of the Night - Preston Blackman, Savannah State
Blackman poured in a career-high 41 points in the Tigers’ 78-70 double-overtime win over Morgan State. Fifteen of those points came after regulation. The 41 points are the most in a true road game since Evansville’s Colt Ryan scored 43 at Creighton last February. It’s also the most points for a Savannah State player since the school joined Division I in 2002.
Freshman of the Night - Ben McLemore, Kansas
Before spraining his ankle, McLemore had an impressive performance in Kansas’ 61-44 win over Baylor. He finished with 17 points, eight rebounds, two assists, three steals and two blocks. He’s one of six freshmen to amass all of those totals in a game this season.
Bench Player of the Night – Malcolm Miller, Southern
Given that he’s second on the team in minutes, Miller is a bench player in name only. As such, he should probably be retired from this award. However, Monday’s performance against Mississippi Valley State was particularly notable. Miller finished with career highs of 28 points and 10 rebounds. His 17.1 PPG is on track to be the highest over the past 15 years among players who did not start a game.
Stat Sheet Stuffer – Jasper Williams, Hampton
Williams entered Monday against Quinnipiac shooting just 28.6 percent from the field. Needless to say, he was an unlikely candidate to go for 15 points and season highs of six rebounds, five assists and five steals. He’s one of just 10 players this season with a 15-5-5-5 line.
Ugly Stat Line of the Night - Baylor Bears
Baylor shot just 23.2 percent from the field in that loss to Kansas. That’s the Bears’ worst shooting performance in at least the past 15 years. In fact, it just narrowly missed being the worst performance in school history. In 1983, the Bears shot 23.1 percent against Illinois State.