College Basketball Nation: Daniel Mullings

Player of the Night -- Daniel Mullings, New Mexico State

New Mexico State halted Louisiana Tech’s 18-game winning streak, handing the Bulldogs their first WAC loss. Daniel Mullings led the way with 23 points, eight rebounds, three assists and four steals. With Akron and Louisiana Tech falling the past week, the nation’s longest winning streak belongs to Middle Tennessee State (16).

Co-Freshman of the Night -- Xavier Johnson, Colorado

Xavier Johnson went 7-for-7 from the field, scoring a career-high 22 points in a 76-53 blowout against Oregon. He’s the first freshman since Dan Gadzuric in 1999 to go at least 7-for-7 in a Pac-12 conference game.

Co-Freshman of the Night -- Michael Kessens, Longwood

Longwood fell to VMI in the Big South quarterfinals, despite the most prolific performance in tournament history. Michael Kessens finished with a tournament-record 36 points to go with 16 rebounds. He’s the first player to reach those totals since Cleveland State’s Norris Cole in 2011. But consider the past two freshmen to pull it off: Michael Beasley and Kevin Durant.

Stat Sheet Stuffer -- Spencer Butterfield, Utah State

Whenever a guard pulls down 20 rebounds, it warrants special mention. Spencer Butterfield finished with 10 points, seven assists and 20 rebounds in Utah State’s win against Texas State. It’s the most rebounds by a guard since that aforementioned Norris Cole performance in 2011. Butterfield is one of only five players in the past 10 years to finish with at least that 10-20-7 line.

Scorer of the Night -- Josh Greene, Cal State Northridge

Josh Greene scored a career-high 37 in the Matadors’ win against Hawaii. That’s the seventh most in school history. He joins KansasElijah Johnson and Iona’s Lamont Jones as the only players with 37 points and six assists in a game this season.

Thursday Recap: Freshman leads Aggies

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Player of the Night: Daniel Mullings
The freshman guard recorded New Mexico State’s first triple-double in 20 years, as the Aggies walked all over Hawaii, 115-73. Mullings finished with 28 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, all career-highs. He’d never even had a double-double before. William Benjamin recorded the Aggies last triple-double in 1992. Mullings is the first freshman with a triple-double since Wisconsin’s Josh Gasser last season.

Stat Sheet Stuffer: Ken Horton
Horton did a little bit of everything in Central Connecticut’s 78-63 win over Mount St. Mary’s. The Blue Devils' senior scored a career-high 39 points to go with 13 rebounds and five assists. Horton joins Villanova’s Maalik Wayns as the only players to reach all three of those totals in a game this season. Horton also added five steals. No one has reached those four totals in a game in, at least, the past 15 seasons. Horton stands just 81 points shy of 2,000 for his career. While one Blue Devil was scoring a career high, another Blue Devil was having a huge game off the bench for Duke.

Bench Star: Andre Dawkins
The junior scored 22 points in 21 minutes off the bench to lead Duke over Florida State, 74-66. Dawkins did most of his damage in the first half, scoring 18 points. Dawkins has come off the bench in half of his games this season, and actually has a higher scoring average as a reserve (10.4) than as a starter (9.4).

Scoring Star: Kevin Olekaibe
Olekaibe scored a career-high 43 points, including 25 in the second half, as Fresno State topped Seattle, 78-72. The 43 points set a school record for a regulation game, and it’s the most by a WAC player since Jaycee Carroll in 2007. Olekaibe also became the first Fresno State player to top 40 since Courtney Alexander in 2000.

Ugly Stat Line of the Night: Kyle Kuric
Louisville got next to nothing out of Kuric, and dropped a 60-56 decision at Cincinnati. Kuric went 0-for-11 from the field and missed all seven of his 3s. It’s the worst shooting performance by a Louisville player in, at least, the past 15 seasons.

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