The 2015-16 college basketball regular season is in full swing, and what a start to the season we’ve had. Tuesday marked the end of one of the best events during the regular season: the ESPN 24-Hour Tip-Off Marathon! With games literally taking place all day long, there were plenty of big games on tap for your viewing pleasure, and we saw some big performances in the process. It also brought us the 2015 State Farm Champions Classic, which saw Michigan State take on Kansas, and Kentucky battle Duke.
Each day, we will hand out some awards for the top three individual performances from the night before. The first Tuesday 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 Tuesday, November 17th!
1. Denzel Valentine – Michigan State Spartans
Game Result: Michigan State 79, Kansas 73
Stat Line: 38 min, 29 points, 12 rebounds, 12 assists, 10-of-23 shooting
With the Spartans down 11 with under 10 minutes to play in the second half, Denzel Valentine kicked it up another notch and carried his team to a massive comeback victory. In the State Farm Champions Classic, Valentine recorded a triple-double of 29 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 assists, while only committing 1 turnover. His performance led to a big win for his team, which will likely vault them into the top 10 come Monday, and prompted a phone call from Magic Johnson.
2. Khallid Hart – Marist Red Foxes
Game Result: Marist 73, Dartmouth 63
Stat Line: 36 min, 27 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 14-of-16 free throws
On Tuesday night, Khallid Lewis was a big piece of the team’s victory over the Dartmouth Big Green. He put up 27 points and 8 rebounds to lead the way for Marist, doing most of his damage from the free throw line. His ability to get to the line, and make a high-percentage of shots like he did, is the sign of a strong player in the NCAA. He took advantage of the opportunities presented to him, and led his team to their first win of the 2015-16 season.
3. Dwayne Bacon – Florida State Seminoles
Game Result: Florida State 98, Jacksonville 79
Stat Line: 30 min, 27 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists
Over his first two games as a freshman with the Seminoles, guard Dwayne Bacon has played some impressive basketball. On the heels of a 23-point debut, Bacon put up 27 points and 8 rebounds for Florida State as they cruised to victory over Jacksonville. Alongside Xavier Rathan-Mayes and Malik Beasley, Bacon helps to give the Seminoles a high-scoring back court group that can lead the team to big things in 2015-16.