Player of the Night – Hank Thorns
TCU stormed back from an 18-point deficit to beat UNLV 102-97 in overtime. Thorns posted a career-high 32 points, including eight in overtime. He also knocked down eight 3-pointers, matching the second most in school history and most since 1998. The Horned Frogs snapped a 15-game losing streak against ranked opponents.
Stat Sheet Stuffer – Jake Odum
Odum scored a career-high 34 points as Indiana State beat Illinois State 83-77 in overtime. It’s the most points in a game by a Sycamore since Marcus Stinson in 2006. He added seven assists and seven rebounds, becoming the first player to go 34-7-7 this season. Odum did most of his damage at the line, hitting 17 free throws. He’s the first player with 17 free throws and seven assists since Ben Woodside’s epic 60-point game in 2008.
Making History – Creighton Bluejays
Creighton broke a 28-year old Missouri Valley record by shooting 77.5 percent from the field in an 88-69 win over Southern Illinois. Bradley previously held the record with a 74.5 percent performance against West Texas State in 1984. It matched the 20th-best shooting performance in NCAA history and the best since Utah shot 80 percent in 2005.
Freshman of the Night – Myles Taylor
Taylor scored a career-high 31 points as Tennessee-Martin beat Kennesaw State 76-75 in overtime. The win snapped a 15-game losing streak for the Skyhawks and a 19-game losing streak against Division I opponents. Meanwhile, Kennesaw State has dropped 15 in a row.
Ugly Stat Line of the Night – Texas Tech Red Raiders
Texas Tech had a historically bad offensive performance in a 47-38 loss to Texas A&M. It was the fewest points by the Red Raiders in the shot-clock era. In fact, Texas Tech last scored under 40 in 1981 against Arkansas. Texas Tech actually led by nine at halftime, but scored only 12 in the second half. This is just the third time since the formation of the conference that a Big 12 team has failed to hit a free throw.