A look back at some of the more memorable college basketball performances this weekend:
Player of the Weekend – Deshaun Thomas
Deshaun Thomas scored 56 points in the span of two days, leading Ohio State to a pair of wins in the Hall of Fame Tip Off. On Saturday, the junior posted his fourth career double-double with 25 points and 10 rebounds against Rhode Island. He followed that up by matching his career high with 31 points against Washington. Thomas connected on his first nine shots to reach 21 points in the first half alone.
Freshman of the Weekend – Marcus Smart
Oklahoma State got a huge boost from Marcus Smart in a 76-56 upset of No. 6 North Carolina State. Smart, who ranked 10th in the ESPN 100, put together perhaps the most complete game by a freshman this season. He scored 20 points and added seven rebounds, seven assists, four blocks and four steals. In fact, it’s been over 10 years since any player reached all five of those numbers in a single game. That was Arizona’s Luke Walton in 2002 against USC, his junior season.
Ugly Stat Line of the Weekend – NC State’s Big Three
On the other end of Oklahoma State’s upset was an erratic performance from NC State’s top three scorers from last season. Scott Wood went 1-for-11 from the field, arguably the worst shooting performance of his career. Lorenzo Brown had more turnovers (seven) than points (six), while managing just one assist. C.J. Leslie scored only two points in 17 minutes before fouling out. The trio, which combined to average 39 PPG last season, combined to score 14 points on 16.0 percent from the field.
Stat Sheet Stuffer – DeAndre Kane
DeAndre Kane went off for 33 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, though Marshall came up short against Hofstra 103-100 in double overtime. It marked the fourth triple-double in school history, with the previous three belonging to Hassan Whiteside. This was the first 30-point, 10-assist, 10-rebound game by a Division I player since Greivis Vasquez in 2009 against North Carolina, and just the fourth such game in the past 15 years.
Comeback of the Weekend – New Mexico
It’s not every day that a team wins a game despite trailing by five with less than 15 seconds remaining. But that’s exactly what happened Sunday at the Paradise Jam. New Mexico trailed George Mason 69-64 when Kendall Williams cut it to two points with a 33-foot prayer. He then stole the inbounds pass, which eventually led to Tony Snell’s game-winning three-pointer with two seconds to go. The final margin represented New Mexico’s only lead of the second half.