Player of the Night – Shabazz Napier, Connecticut
Napier scored 11 of his 27 in overtime as the Huskies beat Cincinnati 73-66. That comes on the heels of his two-point performance against Villanova. Napier also matched a career-high six 3s. UConn is now 4-1 in overtime games, and in those overtimes, Napier is 8-for-12 from 3-point range.
Stat Sheet Stuffer – Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson, Temple
Hollis-Jefferson posted career highs with 23 points and 18 rebounds in the Owls’ 82-72 win against La Salle. He also led Temple with five assists. He’s the first player with a line of at least 23-18-5 since Norris Cole more than two years ago. No Atlantic 10 player has done it in at least 15 years. The win gave Temple a share of the Philadelphia Big 5 title.
Bench Player of the Night – Anthlon Bell, Arkansas
BJ Young hit the game-winner, but it was Bell who emerged from obscurity to keep the Razorbacks in it. Previously scoreless in the month of February, he went 5-for-8 from 3-point range and scored a career-high 17 points in the win against Georgia. Bell had only scored in one of Arkansas’ previous 11 games.
Freshman of the Night – Ben Millaud-Meunier, St. Francis (PA)
The Canadian takeover of college basketball continues. This time it was Quebec’s Millaud-Meunier, who hit seven 3s off the bench to finish with a career-high 26 points. The Red Flash beat Fairleigh Dickinson 69-63 for just their fourth win this season (and second at home).
Scorer of the Night – Shane Gibson, Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart fell to Quinnipiac, but don’t blame Gibson. He went off for a season-high 34 points to close within 19 points of 2,000 for his career. He certainly made a favorable impression on his new athletic director.