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 Tuesday, December 1st!
1. A.J. English – Iona Gaels
Game Result: Iona 101, Fairfield 77
Stat Line: 46 points, 8 assists, 13-of-19 three pointers
In a Tuesday night showdown to open up MAAC play for the 2015-16 season, the Iona Gaels got a career-best performance from star guard A.J. English. In the Gaels’ 101-77 victory over the Fairfield Stags, English recorded 46 points and 8 assists in the victory. He went 15-of-25 from the field in the game, including a career-high 13 made three-pointers on 19 attempts. With fellow guard Schadrac Casimir being held without a point, English stepped up and took full control of the offense. With English firing on all cylinders so far this season, the Gaels are showing why they are the top threat in the MAAC.
2. Jack Gibbs – Davidson Wildcats
Game Result: Davidson 109, Charlotte 74
Stat Line: 41 points, 3 assists, 14-of-17 shooting, 6-of-7 threes
With Steph Curry sitting courtside to watch his alma mater take on the Charlotte 49ers on an off-day for the Golden State Warriors, the Wildcats’ new star guard would channel his inner “Chef” to lead Davidson to victory. Jack Gibbs put up 41 points on 14-of-17 shooting from the floor on the night, including making 6-of-7 from long distance, as the Wildcats cruised past Charlotte in non-conference action, 109-74. The starting five for Davidson accounted for 99 of the Wildcats’ 109 points, putting together a performance that would make their coaches and Curry very proud. Gibbs is one of the best scoring guards in the country, and all of his talents were on display on Tuesday night.
3. Robert Hatter – Cornell Big Red
Game Result: Cornell 81, Siena 80
Stat Line: 32 points, 6 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals
On Tuesday night, the Cornell Big Red showed people why they shouldn’t be taken lightly this season. After falling behind by 6 points at half time, the Big Red made a second half push, headlined by Robert Hatter, and knocked off the visiting Siena Saints 81-80. In 35 minutes of action, Hatter recorded 32 points, 6 assists, 3 rebounds and 3 steals in the Big Red’s victory. Hatter also shot 50% (10-of-20) from the floor, and a perfect 4-of-4 from three point range. The win was Cornell’s third straight on their home floor to open the season, and got them back to the .500 mark overall, at 4-4.