Will Barton Named C-USA Player Of The Week
Feb. 27, 2012
IRVING, Texas - University of Memphis sophomore Will Barton has been named the Conference USA Player of the Week for Feb. 20-26, the league office announced Monday.
It is the third C-USA Player of the Week honor for Barton this season. He also earned the weekly accolade in back-to-back weeks in December (Dec. 12 and Dec. 19).
Last week, Barton averaged 24.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.0 steals in the Tigers' two Conference USA victories over East Carolina (70-47) and Marshall (87-67). The 6-foot-6 wing shot 55.9 percent from the field (19-of-34) and 81.8 percent from the free throw line (9-of-11).
A 2011-12 Wooden Award Mid-Season candidate, Barton is C-USA's leading scorer (18.3 ppg) and seventh-leading rebounder (8.0 rpg). The Baltimore, Md., native also is ranked among C-USA leaders in field goal percentage (9th; 51.2), free throw percentage (14th; 73.6), assists (13th; 2.9) and steals (4th; 1.6).
In the win over the Pirates, Barton scored his game-high 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting from the field (62.5 percent) and 5-of-7 from the charity stripe. He netted 12 of the Tigers' final 17 points of the first half versus East Carolina, and then scored six of his eight second-half points in a 7-5 run that extended Memphis' lead to double digits at 51-39.
Against Marshall, Barton had a game-high 24 points to go along with six boards, three assists and three steals. He converted back-to-back three-point plays (5:06-4:07) late in the second half to extend a 68-60 Memphis lead to 74-62. In the opening half, Barton netted 10 of his 12 points in the first 10 minutes of the contest to help the Tigers build a 26-21 lead.
Memphis (21-8, 11-3 C-USA) returns to action Tuesday, Feb. 28 when it hosts UCF (20-8, 9-5 C-USA) in a Conference USA match-up at FedExForum at 8 p.m. (CT). The game is the regular-season home finale for the Tigers, and "Senior Day" ceremonies will be held at approximately 7:55 p.m. (CT).