Jermaine Taylor: Conference USA Player of the Week
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jermaine Taylor, UCF
Senior, G, Tavares, Fla.
Taylor averaged 36.5 ppg. and 6.5 rpg in a pair of games. He shot 53.5 percent overall, 42.9 percent from 3-point range and 85.7 percent at the free-throw line against UTEP and Tulsa. On Saturday, he led the Knights to a 74-72 victory over Tulsa after UCF trailed by 17 points midway through the second half. Taylor totaled 22 of his game-high 35 points after intermission and 16 points during a 32-11 UCF run. He also added seven boards and set the UCF career scoring record. He began the week by tying a career-high with 38 points in only 33 minutes at UTEP, hitting 13-of-22 shots. Taylor connected on four triples and went 8-of-9 at the free-throw line. This is his fourth C-USA Player of the Week honor this season and sixth of his career.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Paul McCoy, SMU
Freshman, G, Chester, Pa.
McCoy averaged 19.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, and 2.5 apg in games against Houston and UAB. He shot 48.4 percent (15-31) and hit 6-of-11 three-pointers. At UAB, he scored a game-high 29 points in the Mustangs' 78-75 loss. His point total is the second-most most by a C-USA freshman this season (he also had 32 points in a game on Dec. 31). Against UAB, McCoy hit 12-of-20 from the floor, 4-of-8 from 3-point range, and added five rebounds and three assists as SMU nearly upset the Blazers which are now 11-0 at home. This is McCoy's second C-USA Rookie of the Week honor.