Recording a triple-double in a college basketball game is no easy task. Only 20 players across all three NCAA divisions have accomplished this feat this season; seven of those triple-doubles were recorded by Division II players.
Let’s take a look at how each of these seven studs joined one of the most exclusive clubs in the NCAA, in chronological order:
Gatluak Thiep, BR-162 Fayetteville State; vs. Virginia-Lynchburg (USCAA), Nov. 30, 2014, R.L. Vaughn Center, Elizabeth City, N.C. (W, 100-72)
It’s not every day that a player, while recording a triple-double, managed to grab far more rebounds that points scored. Yet, that’s what happened when Thiep grabbed 18 rebounds along with 11 points and 10 blocks as the Broncos dominated their non-NCAA opponent during the ECSU Classic at Elizabeth City State. Thiep had 11 rebounds at halftime, while rejecting his tenth shot with 13:40 left to play and scoring his tenth point on a thunderous dunk with 8:27 left.
Thiep is more of a defensive specialist, rejecting 58 shots on the season, while contributing 7.2 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. In the Broncos’ 83-77 win at BR-170 Johnson C. Smith on Saturday, Thiep recorded nine rebounds, scored eight points and blocked four shots as Fayetteville State opened CIAA South play.
DeMario Mayfield, BR-7 Angelo State vs. Arlington Baptist (NAIA), Dec. 16, 2014, Junell Center, San Angelo, Tex. (W, 99-67)
Mayfield’s 14 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds marked the first triple-double in Angelo State history. Mayfield picked up his tenth assist as he set up Omari Gudil’s dunk with 16:41 left to play. Twenty seconds later, Mayfield’s dunk off his own steal notched the grad student (who played two seasons at UNC-Charlotte and one at Georgia before enrolling at Angelo State) his tenth point. Mayfield’s tenth rebound came with five minutes left to play.
Mayfield has six double-doubles this season, though his last came on Dec. 20 in a 113-74 blowout of BR-187 Arkansas-Monticello. That hasn’t prevented the Rams’ leading scorer (16.5 ppg) and rebounder (7.4 rpg) from playing a big role throughout the season, including 22 points in Angelo State’s 78-60 win over BR-11 Tarleton State, the first loss of the season for the Texans.
Gerald Beverly, BR-154 Daeman vs. St. Thomas (Fla.) (NAIA), Dec. 17, 2014, Barry University Health and Sports Center, Miami Shores, Fla. (W, 91-75)
Beverly’s 17 points, 17 rebounds and 12 blocks against St. Thomas (Fla.) during the Cruzn’ Classic at Barry University was his sixth straight double-double at the time. Beverly’s tenth board came off a missed jumper with 14:32 left to play, while his tenth point came on a layup with 9:18 left. Beverly finished off the triple-double with his tenth block of the game with 5:02 left.
Beverly, the Wildcats’ leading scorer (19.5 ppg) and rebounder (12.6 rpg), is currently is on a five game double-double streak (11 for the season), his latest being a 25 point, 12 rebound performance in Daeman’s 90-80 win at BR-297 Mercy (N.Y.) last Saturday. The Wildcats are in their third year in the NCAA, transitioning from the USCAA.
Garret Kerr, BR-114 University of the Sciences; vs. BR-303 Georgian Court, Dec. 20, 2014, Bobby Morgan Arena, Philadelphia (W, 90-74)
The nation’s leading scorer (24.2 ppg) scored 26 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out 10 assists as USciences easily defeated their CACC rival. The son of former NHL all-star Tim Kerr scored his tenth point midway through the first half while recording his tenth rebound five minutes into the second half. Kerr completed the hat trick as he registered UScience’s first triple-double since the school joined the NCAA in 2002-2003 after his tenth assist set up Jon McGill’s layup with 5:09 left.
In 17 games, Kerr has recorded 15 double-doubles, only missing out on that mark in a Nov. 22 69-62 loss at BR-151 Bridgeport (19 pts., 8 rebs.) and in a Jan. 3 73-67 loss to BR-213 Post (Conn.) (28 pts., 7 rebs.). All four of the Devils’ four losses were by seven points or less, including a 60-58 loss at BR-23 Indiana (Pa.) on Nov. 29. Kerr’s 17 points and 16 rebounds in USciences’ 72-67 overtime win at cross-town rival BR-108 Holy Family avenged a Dec. 17 home overtime loss to the Tigers, 69-66.
Jordan Davis, BR-74 Tampa vs. BR-234 Cedarville, Dec. 21, 2014, Martinez Athletics Center, Tampa, Fla. (W, 74-64)
In Tampa’s last game before Winter Break, Davis rocked Cedarville with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. The nation’s 12th best foul shooter (91.5 percent), hit the 10 point mark from the foul line with 40 seconds left, then set up Austin Rettig’s dunk for his tenth assist with 6:40 left before sealing the triple-double with a rebound off a missed Cedarville three-pointer with 20 seconds left to play.
Davis (16.3 ppg, 7.1 rpg) missed a second triple-double (19 pts., 11 rebs., 8 assists) in the Spartans’ 63-47 win over BR-73 Saint Leo last Wednesday, then followed that up with 26 points in Tampa’s 63-55 win over BR-215 Palm Beach Atlantic. Those back-to-back performances earned Davis Sunshine State Conference player of the week honors.
Eric Anderson, BR-39 New Haven vs. BR-37 St. Anselm, Dec. 31, 2014, Charger Gymnasium, West Haven, Conn. (W, 78-76, OT)
Anderson’s 26 points, 28 rebounds and 10 assists on New Year’s Eve marked the first triple-double in New Haven’s history in the Chargers’ comeback win over the Hawks. Anderson grabbed his tenth rebound with 4:30 left in the first half, then scored his 10th point on a jumper with 4:30 left in regulation. Anderson saved his best for overtime, however. With two minutes left in the extra session, Anderson picked up his tenth assist when fed Levy Gillespie for a layup. Then, with 34 seconds left in overtime, Anderson’s baseline jumper gave the Chargers the lead for good.
Anderson (17.7 ppg, 12.9 rpg) recorded his tenth double-double of the season (11 pts., 10 rebs.) in Saturday’s 69-62 New Haven win at BR-36 Franklin Pierce.
Jerrick Stevenson, BR-102 Eckerd vs. BR-69 Lynn, Jan. 10, 2015, de Hoernle Center, Boca Raton, Fla. (L, 71-67, OT)
The 2013 Sunshine State Conference Freshman of the Year scored 18 points, registered 11 rebounds and recorded 10 steals, but it wasn’t enough as the Tritons fell in overtime. Stevenson (14.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg) netted his tenth point from the foul line early in the second half. After grabbing his tenth board of the game with nine seconds left in regulation off a missed three-pointer, Stevenson hit a game tying three seconds later to force overtime. Stevenson locked up his triple-double with his tenth steal of the game with 28 seconds left in overtime.
Stevenson and the Tritons bounced back a week later, as the junior hit the game winning jumper with six seconds left to give Eckerd a 64-62 win over BR-107 Rollins.