We are almost a week into the 2016-17 regular season, and there have been a slew of memorable games and individual performances. If this keeps up, the rest of the season will be rather exciting.
Tuesday night saw several marquee match-ups gain the headlines before, and after, the teams took to the court. From the Kentucky Wildcats and Michigan State Spartans to the Duke Blue Devils and Kansas Jayhawks, to the ESPN Tip-Off Marathon and everything in between, several players stood out above the rest all across the nation.
Here are the College Court Report Three Stars for Tuesday, November 15th.
First Star: Lamond Murray, Jr. – Pepperdine Waves
Stat Line: 33 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals
On Tuesday night, the Pepperdine Waves were in tough against the reigning Big Sky champions, the Weber State Wildcats. Even without Joel Bolomboy, the Wildcats are once again among the top teams in the conference, and Pepperdine was going to be in for a battle against Jeremy Senglin and company.
Enter senior guard Lamond Murray, Jr.
Murray put the team on his back for most of the night, scoring a game-high 33 points on 13-of-27 shooting from the floor in 37 minutes of floor time. He also went a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line, and added in 8 rebounds and 3 steals.
He got some help down the stretch, in the form of a jumper from Jeremy Major with under a minute to go to give Pepperdine the lead. But, if it wasn’t for Murray’s 33-point effort, the Waves may have came out on the other end of the decision.
Second Star: Mark Alstork – Wright State Raiders
Stat Line: 29 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 blocks
Before the 2016-17 season kicked off, the Wright State Raiders were picked by many to be a top contender in the Horizon League. On Tuesday night against the Miami (OH) Redhawks, the talents of the Raiders were on full display in their home opener.
Four of their five starters all scored in double-figures, and every player who checked into the game scored at least two points in the Raiders’ 89-87 win over the Redhawks.
None had a better game than guard Mark Alstork. The junior guard from Dayton, OH didn’t have his best shooting night from the floor, going 6-of-17 from the field, and just 2-of-9 from three point range. But, he was effective from the free throw line, going 15-of-20 for the game.
In the end, he was just two assists shy of a triple-double, recording 29 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 assists to lead the Raiders to their second win of the year.
Third Star: Steve Taylor, Jr. – Toledo Rockets
Stat Line: 22 points, 23 rebounds, 4 assists
After three seasons with the Marquette Golden Eagles, forward Steve Taylor, Jr. transferred to the Toledo Rockets for his final season in the NCAA. It’s taken him a grand total of two games to make an impact with his new team.
In his season debut, he recorded 14 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists in the Rockets’ loss to the Saint Joseph’s Hawks. In game two, he made his presence felt on both ends of the floor.
The Rockets needed overtime to knock off Cameron Morse and the Youngstown State Penguins on Tuesday night, coming away with the 103-98 victory in their home opener. Steve Taylor, Jr. put on a show for the home crowd.
He recorded 22 points, 23 rebounds, and 4 assists on the night, while only committing one personal foul. He went 8-of-13 from the floor, and connected on his only attempt from three point range. The 6’9”, 240-pound forward will be a force inside this season, making the Rockets a top contender in the MAC.
– T. Bennett