College Basketball Nation: Michael Kessens

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.

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