Player of the Night – Nate Wolters, South Dakota State
Wolters scored 53 points, the most by any D-I player in the last four seasons. The last D-I player to score that many points was Kentucky’s Jodie Meeks, who scored 54 against Tennessee in January 2009. Wolters accounted for 53 of South Dakota State’s 80 points, or 66 percent of its scoring Thursday. He shot 17-of-28 from the field, including 9-of-14 on 3-point attempts. Wolters and Meeks are the only players in the last 15 seasons to score 53 points while shooting 60 percent on field-goal attempts with nine or more 3-pointers.
Clutch Performance of the Night – D.J. Richardson, Illinois
Richardson went on a personal 8-0 run in the final three minutes against Indiana to tie the game before Tyler Griffey won the game with a buzzer-beating layup. Richardson scored 23 points, the second-highest total of his career. Illinois is now 5-0 in Richardson’s career when he scores at least 20 points.
Passer of the Night – Frankie Dobbs, Bryant
Dobbs dished out a career-high 13 assists in Bryant’s win over St. Francis (NY). Dobbs’ previous career high was 10 assists, which he accomplished twice. After finishing 1-17 in conference play and 2-28 overall last season, the Bulldogs are now in first place in the Northeast Conference with a 9-2 conference record.
Efficient Offensive Player of the Night – Isaiah Canaan, Murray State
Canaan stepped up for Murray State in a key win over Belmont. Canaan scored 26 points – including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 35 seconds left -- while attempting just nine field-goal attempts. He also added six assists. Canaan is the only D-I player this season to score at least 26 points and dish out at least six assists while attempting fewer than 10 field goals.
Stat Sheet Stuffer – Adam Kemp, Marist
Kemp and his Marist teammates had quite the night. Not only did Kemp put up an impressive stat line of 29 points, 16 rebounds and seven blocks, but Marist won at Iona, 105-104 in double-overtime. Kemp is the first D-I player with at least 29 points, 16 rebounds, and seven blocks in a game since Rider’s Jason Thompson against Siena in January 2007. It’s quite coincidental that the only players to post those numbers over the last seven seasons both did it in MAAC conference play.