Player of the Night - Kevin Murphy
Murphy became the first OVC player in 20 years to score 50 points in a game. The senior guard scored 50 points on 16-for-21 from the field as Tennessee Tech topped SIUE 98-80. It broke the previous school record of 48 points by Ron Filipek in 1965-66 and Jimmy Hagan in 1958-59. It’s also the highest scoring game in Division I this season, besting Doug McDermott's 44. Murphy is the first to score 50 since Jimmer Fredette’s 52-point game against New Mexico last March.
Game-Changer – Tray Woodall
Perhaps Pittsburgh isn’t that tough to figure out. When Tray Woodall has played 25 or more minutes, Pittsburgh is 9-1. When he’s been limited or missed the game due to injury, the Panthers are 5-8. Woodall scored 24 points on Monday to lead Pittsburgh to a 72-66 win at West Virginia. After an 0-7 start in the Big East, the Panthers have won three straight and only have one more ranked foe on the schedule (No. 25 Louisville).
Bench Star - Michael Dixon
Missouri escaped Texas with a 67-66 win powered by 21 points off the bench from Michael Dixon. It was a bit of a bounce back game for Dixon, who’d averaged just 6.3 PPG over his last three games. At 12.1 PPG, Dixon is the nation’s third-leading scorer among those who have not started a game. He trails only Marist’s Chavaughn Lewis and Syracuse’s Dion Waiters.
Filling Up the Stat Sheet – Mitchell Anderson
Arkansas-Pine Bluff's Mitchell Anderson scored 25 points and blocked six shots off the bench in a 73-69 win over Jackson State. Anderson became the first substitute in over seven years with at least 25 points and five blocks in a game. Western Carolina's Rans Brempong scored 28 and blocked five shots coming off the bench on December 4, 2004 against UNC-Asheville.
Ugly Half of the Night - Norfolk State
It’s difficult to understate the difference between the first half and second half for Norfolk State on Monday. The Spartans missed their first 18 shots and faced a 12-0 deficit out of the gates. At halftime, Norfolk State had 13 points on 4-for-27 from the floor. The Spartans exploded for 69 points in the second half, but it wasn’t enough. Norfolk State fell to 8-1 in the MEAC with an 87-82 loss to Coppin State.