Numbers to Know: Thursday recap

Player of the Night – Khalif Wyatt, Temple

Temple lost at home to Duquesne, a team that was winless in Atlantic 10 play. But that doesn’t take away from the tremendous performance by Wyatt. He scored 35 points on 9-of-20 shooting, made all 15 of his free throws, and added six rebounds, six assists and six steals. Wyatt is the first D-I player with 35 points, six rebounds, six assists and six steals in a game since Ohio’s D.J. Cooper in December 2010 against St. Bonaventure. He’s the first player to do so in a regulation game since Alabama A&M’s Desmond Cambridge in January 2002 against Prairie View A&M. Wyatt is also the first player this season to score 35 points and make at least 15 free throws without a miss.

Scorer of the Night – Sam Prescott, Mount St. Mary’s

Prescott scored 44 points on 16-of-24 shooting, including 10-of-14 on 3-point attempts, in Mount St. Mary’s win over Bryant. Prescott’s 44 points are the third-most by any D-I player this season. He’s the first player with at least 40 points and 10 3-pointers without a turnover since Missouri’s Clarence Gilbert in February 2002 against Colorado. Prescott wasn’t the only NEC player with a 40-point performance on Thursday: Central Connecticut State’s Kyle Vinales scored 42 in a loss at Wagner. The NEC is the first conference with multiple 40-point scorers on the same day since the ACC (Boston College’s Tyrese Rice, Virginia’s Sean Singletary) on March 1, 2008.

Stat Sheet Stuffer – Damen Bell-Holter, Oral Roberts

Bell had 24 points, 14 rebounds, three assists and four blocks in ORU’s win over Sam Houston State. Bell has had at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in each of his last four games. He’s the second player to reach those benchmarks in a game this season (Wake Forest’s Devin Thomas on Jan. 22 vs NC State) and only the third player in the last four seasons.

Gorgui-ous Performance of the Night – Gorgui Dieng, Louisville

Dieng had 10 points, 17 rebounds and two blocks in Louisville’s win over St. John’s. Dieng is the first player this season with at least 10 points, 17 rebounds and two blocks in a Big East game. He’s also the first Louisville player ever to put up those numbers in a Big East game.