Tennessee Tech 98, SIU-Edwardsville 80
Tennessee Tech guard Kevin Murphy became the first player this season to score 50+ in a game, netting a school-record 50 in the Golden Eagles' 98-80 win over SIU-Edwardsville.
The previous high this season was set by Creighton's Doug McDermott, who scored 44 in the Blue Jays' win at Bradley on January 7th. Fifty is the most by any player since Jimmer Fredette poured in 52 last March 11th in BYU's 87-76 win over New Mexico in the Mountain West semis. Fredette played the full 40 minutes in his outburst, while Murphy played only 34.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 73, Jackson State 69
Arkansas-Pine Bluff's Mitchell Anderson scored 25 points and blocked six shots off the bench, becoming the first substitute in over seven years with at least 25 points and five blocks in a game. Western Carolina's Rans Brempong scored 28 and blocked five shots as a substitute on December 4, 2004 versus UNC-Asheville.
The game also had the trillion of the night. Pine Bluff’s Demetrius Smith played five minutes without accumulating a stat, the fourth time he’s done that this season. No other player has done it even three times, and only nine players have done it twice.