ELMHURST, Ill. – IUPUI's Mitch Patton and Omaha's CJ Carter each were named as The Summit League's Player of the Week following their opening weekend performances Nov. 8-10. The honors mark the initial weekly awards of the season.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Mitch Patton, IUPUI
Sr. // C // Vincennes, Ind.
Patton garnered his first career honor after recording his fourth career double-double with a 26-point, 10-rebound performance in the season opener at Utah Valley. Converting 9-of-13 field goal attempts (69.2 percent) and a career-high eight free throws, Patton finished the game one point shy of tying his career-best total. Defensively, he held first team preseason All-WAC center Ben Aird to just 10 points and three rebounds.
CJ Carter, Omaha
Jr. // G // Omaha, Neb.
Carter received his first career accolade after leading Omaha to season-opening comeback victory at Northern Illinois and a near upset at Iowa. Against NIU, Carter scored 18 points, including the game-tying basket with 3:04 remaining and the go-ahead driving layup with 14 seconds left. His opening night performance included six rebounds, four assists, one steal and one blocked shot while also converting 9-of-11 free throw attempts (81.8 percent). At Iowa, Carter scored a game-best 22 points, including four three-pointers, and added four rebounds and three steals. He scored 13 points in the first half as Omaha built a seven-point halftime advantage over its Big Ten opposition. For the week, Carter averaged 20 points, five rebounds, 2.5 assists and two steals per contest.
Also nominated: Pierre Bland, Fort Wayne; Mike Felt, North Dakota State; Brayden Carlson, South Dakota State; Garret Covington, Western Illinois.
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In its fourth decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League features men's basketball teams from eight member institutions: Denver, Fort Wayne, IUPUI, North Dakota State, Omaha, South Dakota, South Dakota State and Western Illinois. Known as the Mid-Continent Conference until 2007, The Summit League has enjoyed unprecedented success in recent seasons including new tournament and regular season attendance standards, record postseason tournament participation, all-time best RPI rankings, national player honors and NCAA statistical champions. For more information about the league and to "See The Summit", visit www.thesummitleague.org and follow Summit League Basketball on Twitter @summithoops.