The 2015-16 college basketball regular season is in full swing, and what a season it has been already. Night in and night out, any team is truly capable of knocking off anyone, making the season that much more exciting. .Upsets have been aplenty this season, and more are bound to come over the course of the 2015-16 season.
Each day, we will hand out some awards for the top three individual performances from the night before. They could be freshmen or experienced seniors, and they could come from the smallest mid-major programs or the top teams in the country. Each night, there are big performances that are critical for their respective teams.
Here are the top three individual performances for Friday, November 20th!
1. A.J. English – Iona Gaels
Game Result: Iona 92, Delaware 77
Stat Line: 37 min, 25 points, 10 assists, 4 rebounds, 10-of-10 free throws
The Iona Gaels have been the MAAC powerhouse program for the last couple of seasons, and this season is no different. Behind a double-double of 25 points and 10 assists from star guard A.J. English, the Gaels knocked off the Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens to notch their first win of the 2015-16 season. As the season progresses, the wins will start to pile up for the Gaels and the play of English will have the team near the top of the conference standings.
2. Josh Fortune – Colorado Buffaloes
Game Result: Colorado 85, Portland 63
Stat Line: 27 min, 17 points, 14 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals
The Buffaloes’ win over the Portland Pilots was a complete team performance, as several players had themselves quite the day. But, none were bigger than the day that Josh Fortune had for the Buffaloes. On Friday night, he recorded a double-double of 17 points and 14 rebounds, to go along with 6 assists in just 27 minutes of floor time. If Fortune can build off that performance, he can take some pressure of Josh Scott and George King and Colorado will be a better team because of it.
3. Kenny Gaines – Georgia Bulldogs
Game Result: Georgia 63, Murray State 52
Stat Line: 31 min, 35 points, 3 rebounds, 10-of-18 shooting
Friday night marked just the second game of the season for the Georgia Bulldogs, and they were looking to bounce back from a loss to Chattanooga in their opener. Kenny Gaines made sure that the Bulldogs didn’t lose back-to-back games with a monster performance. Behind a 35-point performance by Gaines, the Bulldogs were able to knock off a pesky Murray State team. The season-opening loss was a small speed bump for Gaines and the Bulldogs, and the team should get rolling after Friday night’s victory.