Player of the Night – Elijah Johnson, Kansas
Johnson scored a career-high 39, handing Bill Self his 500th win. The Jayhawks ended Iowa State’s 22-game home win streak, which was the third-longest in the nation. Johnson scored 30 of those 39 after halftime, and his total is the most by a Jayhawk since Terry Brown had 42 against NC State in 1991. Johnson is just the third Big 12 player with at least 39 points and seven assists in a game, joining Clarence Gilbert and Jaquay Walls. Oddly, all three games came against the Cyclones.
Bench Player of the Night – Davante Gardner, Marquette
Gardner was a perfect 7-for-7 from the field and scored a career-high 26 in Marquette’s 74-71 win against Syracuse. The last major-conference player with more points off the bench and a perfect field-goal percentage was Maryland’s Lonny Baxter in 1998.
Stat Sheet Stuffer – Frankie Dobbs, Bryant
Bryant took another step towards the most improved season ever with an 84-68 win against Sacred Heart. The Bulldogs are 18-9 one year after going 2-28. Dobbs finished with 17 points, 10 assists and seven steals. He’s the first player to reach those totals since Dayton’s Kevin Dillard in 2011.
Scorer of the Night – Shane Gibson, Sacred Heart
Gibson poured in 30 points in that loss to Bryant, passing 2,000 points in the process. He’s one of nine active players with 2,000 points, and just the fifth NEC player to ever get there. Since the start of last season, only Doug McDermott and Nate Wolters have scored more points.