Brandon Bos (South Dakota): The 6-foot-1 senior from Ontario, Canada saved the best game of his career for the Summit League quarterfinals. After averaging just under 14 points per game during the regular season, Bos exploded for a career-best 29 against IPFW. He was 5-of-7 from beyond the arc and finished 7-of-12 from the field. He also had seven rebounds and five assists. Terrific night for the senior.
Stephen Croone (Furman): I have noted a couple of times this season that Croone is one of the most unknown stars in the country. The 6-foot junior helped the Paladins to a pair of stunning wins in the SoCon Tournament. After a 27-point effort on Friday against The Citadel, Croone had 13 points and four rebounds against Chattanooga on Saturday. On Sunday he had 17 and 14 rebounds against Mercer. He can play!
Daniel Dixon (William & Mary): It was arguably the biggest made-basket in William & Mary history. Dixon was just 2-of-6 from the field on Saturday against Hofstra, but his second make came from beyond the arc with a half-second left in the second overtime to put the Tribe into the Colonial Athletic Association championship game. He had 12 points a day earlier against Elon, but his game-winner against Hofstra will talked about for years in Williamsburg, Virginia. Big time shot.
Shaquille Johnson (Longwood): The 6-foot-5 junior helped the Lancers become the first No. 9 seed to ever reach the Big South Conference semifinals. Johnson had a monster game with 22 points and a career-high 15 rebounds against regular-season champion Charleston Southern. Just days earlier he set a career mark with 11 rebounds against Presbyterian in the opening round of the tournament. He had 10 rebounds in the semifinal loss to Winthrop.
Gabas Maldunas (Dartmouth): Yale was on the verge of going to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1962 and then suddenly they were not, courtesty of Maldunas. Dartmouth’s furious rally, in the final 30 seconds, was capped by Maldunas’ layup with a half-second remaining. The 6-foot-9 senior, from Lithuania, finished with ten points and five rebounds, but his last-second heroics gave the Big Green their fifth straight win for the first time in ten years. It was quite a regular season for Paul Cormier and company and Saturday in Hanover, New Hampshire it was Maldunas Madness!