The 2015-16 college basketball regular season is finally here! With over 150 games on opening night alone, it has set us up well for another remarkable and memorable season as we march towards the ultimate goal of the NCAA Championship in Houston.
Each day, we will hand out some awards for the top three individual performances from the night before. Opening night saw its fair share of big time individual performances that were critical in the wins for their respective teams.
Here are the top three individual performances for opening night, November 13th!
1, Wayne Martin – Tennessee State Tigers
Game Result: Tennessee State 86, Loyola (MD) 71
Stat Line: 32 mins, 27 points, 21 rebounds, 1 block, 66.7% FG
In his Tennessee Tigers debut, the transfer from Navarro College didn’t disappoint. His double-double of 27 points and 21 rebounds paced the Tigers to a big road victory over the Greyhounds to open the season.
2. Gavin Ware – Mississippi State
Game Result: Mississippi State 106, Eastern Washington 88
Stat Line: 30 min, 26 points, 13 rebounds, 3 blocks, 78.6% FG
In the absence of star guard Malik Newman, Mississippi State got a big game from senior forward Gavin Ware on offense. Ware went 11-of-15 from the floor for 26 points to go along with 13 rebounds to lead Mississippi State over Eastern Washington, 106 – 88, in a high-scoring affair.
3. Kyle Davis – BYU Cougars
Game Result: BYU 85, Utah Valley 54
Stat Line: 27 min, 17 points, 20 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, 50.0% FG
Kyle Collinsworth flirted with another triple-double, but it was the Utah State-transfer who led the Cougars to victory. Forward Kyle Davis led the way for BYU with 17 points and 20 rebounds, as the host Cougars opened their season with a big win over Utah Valley, 85 – 54.