The 2015-16 college basketball regular season is finally here, and what an opening weekend we had! There were plenty of upsets, overtime contests, and a ton of must-see team and individual performances. If this is any indication, we are in for one heck of a season.
Each day, we will hand out some awards for the top three individual performances from the night before. The first Sunday of the season didn’t have as much excitement as the first two days of the year, but it still had its fair share of big performances as some teams were looking for their first win of the campaign..
Here are the top three individual performances for Sunday, November 15th!
1. Mike Brown – Western Carolina Catamounts
Game Result: Western Carolina 90, UNC Asheville 81
Stat Line: 28 min, 29 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists, 60.0% FG
Western Carolina entered Sunday looking for their first win of the season, and got a big performance from their senior guard against UNC Asheville. In 28 minutes of floor time, Mike Brown recorded a game-high 29 points to go with 4 rebounds and 7 assists. Brown’s play will be a big factor in the success of the season for the Catamounts.
2. Wesley Person, Jr. – Troy Trojans
Game Result: Troy 97, Reinhardt 82
Stat Line: 29 min, 28 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 76.9% FG
Wesley Person, Jr. is coming off a strong freshman campaign for the Trojans, but only put up 8 points in Troy’s season opener. In game two of the young season, Person erupted for 28 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists to help the Trojans knock of Reinhardt in the Mean Green Classic. Hopefully this is the game that kick-starts another strong season for Person.
3. Egidijus Mockevicius – Evansville Purple Aces
Game Result: Evansville 80, Southeast Missouri State 65
Stat Line: 32 min, 18 points, 14 rebounds, 6 blocks, 63.6% FG
The Evansville Purple Aces are expected to contend in the Missouri Valley Conference, and a big reason for that is big man Egidijus Mockevicius. In the Purple Aces’ season opener against the SEMO Redhawks, Mockevicius put up a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds to go along with 6 blocks. His play will be critical this season to the team’s success, and to take pressure off D.J. Balentine.