Putting together a triple-double performance isn't a requirement for winning the Mid-Major Madness Player of the Week award, but it certainly helps your chances. This week two players managed the feat, making it a tough decision as to who would take the award.
But Buffalo's Shannon Evans added a 33-point performance against Cornell on Saturday, which cemented his spot as this week's Mid-Major Madness Player of the Week.
Evans began his week with that triple-double against Binghamton in a 76-50 win against the Bearcats. Evans had 14 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in the win, while committing just two turnovers.
Saturday completed the strong week with that high scoring performance helped by an 8-for-11 afternoon from behind the 3-point line. He added four rebounds and five assists in the 92-73 win for the Bulls.
The two-game stretch prevented a certain Kyle Collinsworth, the guy with the other triple-double, from picking up his third player of the week award this year.
Also considered: Collinsworth, BYU; David Laury, Iona; Dylan Garrity, Sacramento State; Jalen Cannon, St. Francis Brooklyn; Vince Hunter, UTEP; Egidijus Mockevicius, Evansville; Venky Jois, Eastern Washington; Jeromie Hill, Texas San Antonio; Juwan Howard Jr., Detroit; T.J. Price, Western Kentucky; Worth Smith, Navy; Taylor Johns, UC Riverside; Maurice Daly Ndour, Ohio; Keon Moore, Winthrop.
There is seldom a highlight when you lose 113-44, but Presbyterian had some from freshman DeSean Murray, who had 14 points and seven rebounds in the massive loss to Duke to begin the year. Murray then got hurt in the next game against a non-Division 1 opponent. So much for the highlights.
But Murray was back this week and he looked as if he hadn't missed a step. Against Liberty, Murray had 16 points and 11 rebounds. He added two assists, four blocks and three steals. And he didn't commit a turnover.
That's a pretty good way to state your presence as the Blue Hose won 62-58.
Murray is our Mid-Major Madness Freshman of the Week.
Also considered: Elijah Bryant, Elon.