Player of the night: Otto Porter, Georgetown Hoyas
After three straight defensive battles, Georgetown’s offense finally kicked into gear with an 89-53 win over Longwood. Porter was a big reason, finishing with a career-high 22 points to go with seven assists, four rebounds, four steals and a block.
Over the past 15 years, the only other forward from a major conference team to post all of those numbers in a game was Luke Walton in 2002. Porter ranks in the top 10 nationally in assists and steals among forwards this season.
Stat sheet stuffer: Jayon James, Louisiana-Monroe
Louisiana-Monroe snapped a 20-game home losing streak with a 68-61 overtime win over Southeastern Louisiana. James flirted with a triple-double, finishing with 10 points to go with career highs in rebounds (12) and assists (7).
The Warhawks escaped from the ranks of the winless, which is now down to just six schools: Alabama State, Grambling State, Jackson State, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Mississippi Valley State and St. Francis (PA).
He’s now scored 20 or more points in each of the Hokies’ first nine games. The last player in school history to do that was Bimbo Coles in the 1989-90 season. Neither Coles nor Dell Curry, another notable Virginia Tech alum, finished a season in the top five in the nation in scoring. Green is currently second.
Freshman of the night: Kendall Knorr, Navy Midshipmen
Knorr had his third straight big game coming off the bench, matching a career high with 15 points in Navy's 69-59 win over Bryant University. Knorr’s free throws were key down the stretch, as he hit seven in the final 40 seconds of the game. Of his 15 points, 12 came in the second half.