The 2015-16 college basketball regular season is in full swing, and what a start to the season we’ve had. Wednesday was a transition day, of sorts. Tuesday was the day that the Tip-Off Marathon ended, and Thursday is the day that some of the early-season tournaments begin. With that said, Wednesday still had a ton of great games to watch and satisfy your craving for basketball action.
Each day, we will hand out some awards for the top three individual performances from the night before. The first Wednesday 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 Wednesday, November 18th!
1. Anthony Beane – Southern Illinois Salukis
Game Result: Southern Illinois 72, Kent State 69
Stat Line: 39 min, 32 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 9-of-17 shooting
On Wednesday, the Salukis were looking to start the season with a 3 – 0 record, and guard Anthony Beane did everything he could to make that happen. He missed just 1 minute of action, putting up 32 points on 9-of-17 shooting to lead the Salukis to a narrow victory over the Kent State Golden Flashes. Over the first three games of the 2015-16 season, Beane is averaging 21.7 points per contest.
2. Pascal Siakam – New Mexico State Aggies
Game Result: New Mexico State 76, Tennessee Tech 63
Stat Line: 36 min, 30 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 13-of-21 shooting
The New Mexico State Aggies are considered the top threat to win the WAC title this season, and sophomore forward Pascal Siakam is a big reason why. On Wednesday, he put up a double-double of 30 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Aggies to a big home win over Tennessee Tech. Alongside Tanveer Bhullar in the front court, Pascal Siakam will take New Mexico State to bigger and better things in 2015-16.
3. Kahlil Felder – Oakland Golden Grizzlies
Game Result: Oakland 91, Eastern Michigan 81
Stat Line: 37 min, 27 points, 4 rebounds, 12 assists, 12-of-12 free throws
Wednesday night marked the season opener for Kahlil Felder and the Oakland Golden Grizzlies, and Felder wasted little time making a statement. Felder put up a double-double of 27 points and 12 assists to lead Oakland past Eastern Michigan, 91 – 81. Felder is widely considered as a top contender for the Horizon League Player of the Year in 2015-16, and his performance on Wednesday shows exactly why he’s one of the best guards in the country.