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 Monday, December 7th!
1. Georges Niang – Iowa State Cyclones
Game Result: Iowa State 84, Buffalo 63
Stat Line: 31 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, 10-of-16 shooting
In the early going of Monday night’s contest, the 4th-ranked Iowa State Cyclones found themselves in an unexpected close contest with the Buffalo Bulls. Then, senior forward Georges Niang kicked things up a notch, and the Cyclones rolled to the 21-point win. Niang recorded a double-double of 31 points and 12 rebounds to pace a balanced scoring attack that saw four different Cyclones reach double-figures. Iowa State is one of the top teams in the country, and Niang is a big reason why. Their undefeated season continues for another day.
2. Mario Moody – Bethune-Cookman Wildcats
Game Result: Bethune-Cookman 69, South Carolina State 54
Stat Line: 20 points, 12 rebounds, 2 steals
Monday night marked the second night of the December portion of MEAC play, but just the first conference game for the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats. They were taking on the South Carolina State Bulldogs, and got a big performance from Mario Moody on their home floor. The Wildcats led from start to finish, and came away with the 69-54 victory. Keeping up with the trend of the night, Moody recorded a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. The win also got the Wildcats back to the .500 mark on the season (4-4). If they want to make some noise come conference play this season, Moody will need to build off this performance and become a consistent contributor on both ends of the floor.
3. Isaiah Cousins – Oklahoma Sooners
Game Result: Oklahoma 78, Villanova 55
Stat Line: 19 points, 6 rebounds, 10 assists, 4-of-4 three pointers
Monday night’s marquee match-up took place in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where the #7 Oklahoma Sooners took on the #9 Villanova Wildcats in a top-10 battle. From the outset, the Sooners flexed their muscle, showing why they are a top contender in the Big 12 this season, and Isaiah Cousins was at the forefront. Cousins recorded 19 points, 10 assists, and 6 rebounds on the night, while making 7-of-14 shots from the field. He also went a perfect 4-of-4 from behind the three point line. Much like Niang and the Iowa State Cyclones, the Sooners are a well-balanced team that is full of talent. Cousins is just one of many key contributors for Oklahoma, and he is a big piece of the puzzle moving forwards in 2015-16.