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 Thursday, December 10th!
1. Tim Coleman – N.J.I.T. Highlanders
Game Result: N.J.I.T. 92, St. Francis (NY) 86 (OT)
Stat Line: 27 points, 12 rebounds, 2 steals, 10-of-17 shooting
Tim Coleman and the high-powered N.J.I.T. Highlanders made the move to the Atlantic Sun this season, and have the look of a top contender in the conference. The Highlanders started out the season a bit sluggish in terms of offense, but if Thursday night was any indication, Coleman and company are heating up. Coleman scored a game-high 27 points to go along with 12 rebounds to lead N.J.I.T. to the 92-86 overtime win over St. Francis (NY). Coleman was one of three Highlanders to reach double-figures in the win. N.J.I.T. is starting to get on a roll, and that’s bad news for the rest of the Atlantic Sun as conference play approaches.
2. Camyn Boone – Missouri State Bears
Game Result: Missouri State 88, IUPUI 74
Stat Line: 24 points, 10 rebounds, 1 block, 9-of-15 shooting
A big factor in the recent resurgence of the Missouri State Bears has been the play of forward Camyn Boone. Against the IUPUI Jaguars, Boone played a big role in the Bears’ second-half comeback win. Missouri State knocked off the Jaguars, 88-74, behind a 55-point second-half. Boone recorded a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds, while going 9-if-15 from the floor in the game. After trailing by 9 points at half-time, the trio of Dorrian Williams, Dequon Miller, and Boone led the Bears’ comeback and helped the team score their second-straight win. Keep an eye on Boone as the Bears continue their turnaround in 2015-16.
3. Perrion Callandret – Idaho Vandals
Game Result: Idaho 78, Washington State 74
Stat Line: 25 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 7-of-13 shooting
Against a good Washington State team, the Idaho Vandals had one goal on Thursday night: Defend the Palouse. Behind an impressive performance from guard Perrion Callandret, in which he stuffed the box score, the Vandals did just that. They had to fight down the stretch to hold off the Cougars, but the Vandals came away with the hard-fought 78-74 victory, much to the delight of their home crowd. In the win, Callandret shot 7-of-13 from the field for 25 points, and added 5 rebounds and 4 assists for good measure. The win puts the Vandals back over the .500 mark, at 6-5, and should give them an added boost of confidence as conference play approaches.