Player of the Night – Kelsey Howard, Jackson State
Jackson State escaped from the ranks of winless with a 91-82 win over Seattle, as Howard scored a career-high 32 points. No Jackson State player has scored more since Trey Johnson, who led the nation in scoring in 2006-07.
With that victory, only four winless teams remain: Grambling State, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Mississippi Valley State and St. Francis (PA).
Bench Player of the Night – James Southerland, Syracuse
Southerland helped bring Jim Boeheim his 900th win, scoring 22 points off the bench in a 72-68 win over Detroit. At 15.9 ppg, he’s Syracuse’s leading scorer, yet he hasn’t started a game this season.
That’s the highest scoring average for a player who hasn’t started this season. In fact, the last Division I player to average more through an entire season in which he only came off the bench was Appalachian State’s Rufus Leach (16.4) in 2000.
Freshman of the Night – Omar Calhoun, Connecticut
On the night that Boeheim reached a milestone, perhaps it’s only fitting that a Calhoun at UConn had a big night. Omar Calhoun scored a career-high 22 points, to lead the Huskies over Maryland-Eastern Shore.
Calhoun’s performance stands in stark contrast to his scoreless effort last time out against Harvard.
Stat Sheet Stuffer – Jackson Stevenett, Southern Utah
In its Big Sky debut, Southern Utah beat North Dakota 79-67 courtesy of a big performance from Stevenett. The senior finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and three steals.
Stevenett joins BYU’s Brandon Davies as the only players with such a 20-10-5-3 game this season.
Breakout Performance of the Night – Max Jacobsen, Northern Arizona
Jacobsen doubled his previous career high, scoring 22 points and adding nine rebounds in the Lumberjacks’ 87-80 win over Montana State.
He exploded out of the gate with eight of Northern Arizona’s first 11 points. The Lumberjacks never trailed.