Another night of college basketball is in the books, and what a night it was across the country.
We saw unexpected blowout wins, like the Miami (FL) Hurricanes knockong off the North Florida Ospreys by 38, on the road no less.
Later on, we saw another upset on the West Coast. The Lamar Cardinals, who had a 5% chance of winning on Wednesday night according to Ken Pomeroy, knocked off the Oregon State Beavers, 63-60.
Several star players put together some fine individual performances, with several players topping the 30-point plateau on the evening.
In summary, it was extremely tough to pick the College Court Report Three Stars for November 16th, but we did our best.
First Star: Charlie Moore – California Golden Bears
Stat Line: 38 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals
When California took on the UC Irvine Anteaters on Wednesday night, they did so without three of their top players. Preseason All-American Ivan Rabb, Jabari Bird, and Grant Mullins all missed the contest due to injury.
Enter freshman guard Charlie Moore.
In just his second game with the Golden Bears, Moore broke the all-time school record for points in a game by a freshman, scoring a game-high 38 points to lead California to the 75-65 win over the Anteaters in overtime. He also chipped in two rebounds and two assists on the night.
Kameron Rooks got a tip-in to fall with 23 seconds left in regulation to tie the game and send it to overtime, but it was Moore who almost single-handily kept the short-handed Golden Bears in the game.
Moore topped one of the best players in California history for the freshman scoring record. You may have heard of him.
Second Star: Dikembe Dixson – UIC Flames
Stat Line: 31 points, 9 rebounds, 5 steals
By now, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to you when Dikembe Dixson puts up a big game for the UIC Flames.
He was limited in his first game of the season against the San Francisco Dons, recording 15 points and 3 rebounds in the Flames’ 82-80 loss.
On Wednesday night, against the UTSA Roadrunners, he was back to his usual dominant self. He scored a game-high 31 points, on 10-of-18 shooting, and pulled down 9 rebounds and recorded 5 steals in UIC’s 86-78 victory.
Last season, as a freshman, Dixson averaged 19.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per contest. Expect more of the same this season, and use Wednesday night’s performance as an example of what to expect moving forwards.
Third Star: Colton Weisbrod – Lamar Cardinals
Stat Line: 40 minutes, 16 points, 12 rebounds, 1 assist
Yes, there were players with more points, or more rebounds, on Wednesday night. But, none played as many regulation minutes as Weisbrod did, as he left it all on the floor for the Cardinals.
After the game, his legs were cramping and he was sore all over, but he and the team battled to the very end, and they were rewarded for their efforts.
Lamar forced 27 turnovers on Wednesday night, upsetting the Oregon State Beavers on the road to kick off a two-game road swing on the West Coast, 63-60.
While playing all 40 minutes of the game against the Beavers, Weisbrod paced the Cardinals with 16 points and 12 rebounds, recording his first double-double with the Cardinals. The 6’5” forward was an impact player on both ends of the floor on the glass, and it helped lead Lamar to the big upset win.
– T. Bennett