The 2015-16 college basketball regular season is in full swing, and what a start to the season we’ve had. Monday marked the beginning of one of the best events during the regular season: the ESPN 24-Hour Tip-Off Marathon! With games literally taking place all night, there were plenty of big games on tap for your viewing pleasure, and we saw some big performances in the process.
Each day, we will hand out some awards for the top three individual performances from the night before. The first Monday of the year brought exciting finishes, upset losses, overtime thrillers, and 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 Monday, November 16th!
1. Malcolm McMillan – Canisius Golden Griffins
Game Result: Canisius 98, Lehigh 89
Stat Line: 38 min, 31 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals
Malcolm McMillan, the guard transfer from Central Connecticut State, has been the star for the Golden Griffins this season. On Monday, he put up 31 points and 3 rebounds to lead Canisius to their first win of the season, a 98 – 89 decision at home over Lehigh. In his first two games with Canisius, McMillan has eclipsed the 30-point mark both times, averaging 32.0 points over those games.
2. Ben Simmons – LSU Tigers
Game Result: LSU 91, Kennesaw State 69
Stat Line: 31 min, 22 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals, 2 blocks
Ben Simmons, the top-rated freshman from the Class of 2015, has lived up to the hype (and then some) over his first two games in Baton Rouge. Against Kennesaw State, Simmons narrowly missed out on his second straight double-double, putting up 22 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals in the Tigers’ win over the Owls. He has been every bit as good as advertised over his first two games, and expect the same type of performance to continue for the foreseeable future.
3. Justin Sears – Yale Bulldogs
Game Result: Yale 99, Sacred Heart 77
Stat Line: 31 min, 27 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 block
After a quiet debut against Fairfield on opening night, Justin Sears found his groove for the Bulldogs on Monday. The reigning Ivy League Player of the Year recorded 27 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists as the Bulldogs took down Cane Broome and Sacred Heart, 99 – 77. If Sears can build off this performance, the Bulldogs will be in great shape moving forwards, and will have a great shot at taking home the Ivy League crown this season.