Player of the Night – Terrell Kennedy, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Kennedy had 15 points, nine rebounds, nine assists, two steals and a block in Pine Bluff’s win against Alcorn State. Kennedy is the only SWAC player in the last 15 seasons to reach those benchmarks in a game. The last D-I center to post those numbers in a game was St. Mary’s Ben Allen in November 2009 against New Mexico State. Pine Bluff (11-2) is now tied with Southern for first place in the SWAC.
Scorer of the Night – Ben McLemore, Kansas
McLemore scored 30 points on 9-of-13 shooting, including 6-of-10 on 3-point attempts, in a win against Kansas State. He also shot 6-of-6 from the free-throw line and added seven rebounds and three steals. Only one other time has a Big 12 player scored at least 30 points, shot better than 50 percent on field-goal attempts and 3-point attempts, and shot 100 percent on free throws this season. That was also McLemore, when he did it on Jan. 9 against Iowa State. Previously, the last freshman to reach those plateaus in a Big 12 conference game was Kansas State’s Michael Beasley in January 2008 against Iowa State.
Bench Player of the Night – Naadir Tharpe, Kansas
Has Kansas finally found its point guard? Tharpe came off the bench to dish out eight assists with only one turnover in 27 minutes against Kansas State. Tharpe now has two games this season off the bench with at least eight assists and one or fewer turnovers. He had 12 assists and no turnovers in December against American. The last Kansas player to do that even once off the bench was Aaron Miles nearly 11 years ago. Miles had eight assists and one turnover in a 103-68 win over Kansas State (irony?) in February 2002.
Stat Sheet Stuffer – Jarvis Threatt, Delaware
Threatt, a distant cousin of former NBA player Sedale Threatt, had 10 points, 13 rebounds and six assists in Delaware’s win over Old Dominion. The Blue Hens used a 10-0 run within the final four minutes to squeeze out a victory. Threatt is the first CAA player with at least 10 points, 13 rebounds and six assists in a game since NC-Wilmington’s Chad Tomko against Hofstra in February 2011.