Co-Player of the Weekend – Kendall Williams, New Mexico
Williams exploded for 46 points in New Mexico’s road win over Colorado State. That’s the third most in a Division I game this season and tied for the third most in school history. His 10 3-pointers also set a school record. Williams is the first player with 46 points, five rebounds and four assists on the road against a ranked team since Jodie Meeks at Tennessee in 2009.
Along with Air Force’s Michael Lyons, Williams was the second player in eight days to score at least 45 against Colorado State. Consider that it had only happened to a ranked team three times in the previous 15 years.
Co-Player of the Weekend – Otto Porter, Georgetown
Porter went off for a career-high 33 points (11 more than his previous best), as Georgetown beat Syracuse 57-46 in front of 35,012 at the Carrier Dome. That’s the most points in a win at Syracuse in at least 15 years. Porter and Kemba Walker are the only players with at least 33 points, eight rebounds and five steals against a Top-25 team in the past 10 years. Both came against the Orange.
Freshman of the Weekend – Marcus Paige, North Carolina
Paige had arguably the best game of his young career, finishing with 14 points, eight assists and no turnovers in the Tar Heels' win over NC State. Over the past 10 years, only two other ACC players have done that in a conference game. Both were Tar Heels: Kendall Marshall and Ty Lawson.
Stat Sheet Stuffer – Chavaughn Lewis, Marist
With 112 points against VMI, Marist had its highest scoring game in 19 years. Lewis’ stat line was the biggest beneficiary; he went off for 30 points, 16 rebounds, six assists and five steals, becoming the only player in at least 15 years to record that line. In that span, it’s only happened once in the NBA. Vince Carter did it in 2001 against the Nuggets (albeit in 51 minutes of action).
Ugly Stat of the Weekend – Mississippi State Bulldogs
Vanderbilt destroyed Mississippi State 72-31, holding the Bulldogs to 7-of-40 from the field (17.5 percent). It was Mississippi State’s second-worst loss at the 37-year-old Humphrey Coliseum and its lowest scoring output of the shot-clock era. It’s also the fewest points the Commodores have allowed in SEC play in 64 years.