The 2015-16 college basketball regular season is in full swing, and what a start to the season we’ve had. Thursday was the day that some of the early-season tournaments began. Thursday had a ton of great games to watch and satisfy your craving for basketball action, and some upsets were sprinkled amongst the games during the day.
Each day, we will hand out some awards for the top three individual performances from the night before. The first Thursday of the year brought exciting finishes, upset losses, overtime thrillers, and its fair share of big performances as some teams were still looking for their first win of the campaign.
Here are the top three individual performances for Thursday, November 19th!
1. Marquese Chriss – Washington Huskies
Game Result: Washington 100, Mount. St. Mary’s 67
Stat Line: 29 min, 29 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks, 11-of-18 shooting
Marquese Chriss was one of the highly-touted freshmen who chose to play at Washington this season, and he made a statement in the Huskies’ win over the Mountaineers. He put up a double-double of 29 points and 10 rebounds to lead Washington to their second win of the season. It was the first double-double of his collegiate career. It’s safe to assume that more will be in store for the star forward.
2. Bryce Douvier – Texas A&M-CC Islanders
Game Result: Texas A&M 95, Texas A&M-CC 70
Stat Line: 29 min, 28 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 8-of-16 shooting
Despite the Islanders coming up short against the Texas A&M Aggies, Bryce Douvier had himself quite the performance on Thursday night. He was the only Islanders’ player to reach double-figures in scoring, putting in a game-high 28 points while shooting 50% from the field. With Northwestern State losing Jalan West for the year, the race in the Southland got a lot more interesting. Douvier will be a big piece for the Islanders if they want to contend, and he made quite the statement on Thursday.
3. Shevon Thompson – George Mason Matriots
Game Result: George Mason 68, Ole Miss 62
Stat Line: 32 min, 19 points, 16 rebounds, 3 blocks, 8-of-10 shooting
To open up the Gildan Charleston Classic, Shevon Thompson and the George Mason Patriots made a statement. Behind a double-double from their big man, who put up 19 points and 16 rebounds, the Patriots upset the Ole Miss Rebels and booked a spot in the semi-finals. Four players for the Patriots reached double figures on the afternoon, but none were more important to the team’s success than Thompson in the paint.