ELMHURST, Ill. – North Dakota State's Lawrence Alexander and South Dakota's Tyler Larson were named The Summit League's Players of the Week following their performances Feb. 9-15.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Lawrence Alexander, North Dakota State
Sr. // G // Peoria, Ill.
Alexander garnered his second consecutive honor and third of the season after averaging 26.0 points per game. In an overtime win at Denver, Alexander scored 28 and gathered a team-high seven rebounds. He connected on four-of-six (.667) three-point attempts and converted 10-of-11 (.909) free throws in the contest. Two days later at South Dakota State, Alexander scored a game-high 24 points and pulled down a season-high nine rebounds. He connected on five three-pointers in the game, dished out three assists and had three steals. For the week, he shot 52.9 percent from beyond the arc while averaging eight rebounds and posting a 5.0 assist to turnover ratio.
Tyler Larson, South Dakota
Sr. // G // Las Vegas, Nev.
Larson earned his first career Player of the Week award after averaging 19.5 points per game in a pair of key road victories. At Omaha, Larson scored a team-high 20 points and pulled down seven rebounds to go along with a career-high four steals. Two nights later at Oral Roberts, Larson scored 19 on six-of-eight shooting, recorded six rebounds and did not commit a turnover in 38 minutes. For the week, Larson shot 56.0 percent from the field, including 50.0 percent from three-point range, and averaged 19.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals.
Also nominated: Brett Olson, Denver; Steve Forbes, Fort Wayne; DavRon Williams, IUPUI; Mike Rostampour, Omaha; Cody Larson, South Dakota State.
Previous recipients: Nov. 17 – Obi Emegano, Oral Roberts; Nov. 24 – CJ Carter, Omaha; Dec. 1 – Brandon Bos, South Dakota; Dec. 8 – Steve Forbes, Fort Wayne; Dec. 15 – Garret Covington, Western Illinois; Dec. 22 – Devin Patterson, Omaha; Dec. 29 – Casey Kasperbauer, South Dakota; Jan. 5 – Lawrence Alexander, North Dakota State / Jabari Sandifer, Western Illinois; Jan. 12 – George Marshall, South Dakota State; Jan. 19 – CJ Carter, Omaha; Jan. 26 – Cody Larson, South Dakota State; Feb. 2 – Steve Forbes, Fort Wayne; Feb. 9 – Lawrence Alexander, North Dakota State / Max Landis, Fort Wayne.
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