Player of the Night – Adrien Coleman, Bethune-Cookman
Adrien Coleman, a transfer from Nebraska, went off for 29 points and eight rebounds as the Wildcats beat Stetson 86-63. But it was Coleman’s efficient shooting that made this special, giving Bethune-Cookman its highest team field-goal percentage in 12 years. Coleman went 13-14 from the field, a 92.9 field-goal percentage. It’s been four years since a Division I player attempted at least 14 shots and posted a higher field-goal percentage (Stephen F. Austin’s Matt Kingsley).
Stat Sheet Stuffer - Jamaal Franklin, San Diego State
Jamaal Franklin put up 18 points, 15 rebounds and four assists, as the Aztecs beat Texas Southern 74-62. He joins Mason Plumlee as the only players averaging 19 and 10 this season. More specifically, Franklin is averaging 19.9 ppg, 10.7 rpg and 3.0 apg. The last two players to maintain a 19-10-3 average over the course of a season were David West (2002-03 Xavier) and Tim Duncan (1996-97 Wake Forest).
Distributor of the Night – Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse
The nation’s assists leader continues to hand them out at a furious pace. Michael Carter-Williams had 11 assists to go with his 11 points, as Syracuse made easy work of Eastern Michigan. Six games into the season, he’s already exceeded his assists total from 2011-12. If Carter-Williams keeps this up, he could be the first Big East player to lead the nation in assists-per-game since Mark Jackson in 1986.
Long-Distance Shooter of the Night – Ray Gallegos, Nebraska
Coming off a redshirt year, Ray Gallegos has looked like a different player in 2012-13. On Monday, he scored 20 points for the second consecutive game to lead Nebraska over USC. That included a career-high six 3s. Gallegos already has more points this season (98) than he did in either of his first two seasons in Lincoln. Picked by many to finish at the bottom of the Big Ten, Nebraska stands at 6-1 with other wins over Wake Forest, Valparaiso and Tulane.
Freshman of the Night – Jordan Reed, Binghamton
Jordan Reed scored 26 points and added 10 rebounds, but Binghamton came up short against Monmouth. Reed was one point shy of Ben Dickinson’s school record for points by a freshman since joining Division I. At 18.7 ppg, Reed is third nationally among freshmen and tops among freshmen guards. He joins Longwood’s Michael Kessens as the only freshmen averaging a double-double.