Leasure is Big South Player of the Week

    
January 8th, 2007

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Coastal Carolina guard Jack Leasure (Rochester, N.Y.) has been selected as the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for games played Jan. 2-7, while High Point guard Eugene Harris (Pittsburgh, Pa.) received New Balance Freshman of the Week honors, it was announced today by the League office.

Leasure broke through last week with his best back-to-back games of the season, averaging 22.0 points in leading the Chanticleers to two wins. He scored a season-high 24 points, going 7-of-11 from the field, 6-of-8 from three-point range and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe, along with three assists and two steals in Coastal’s win over McNeese State. He followed that with 20 points, hitting 6-of-11 treys, as well as three assists and two steals in Saturday’s win over Charleston Southern. Leasure tallied 11 of his 20 points -- including three triples -- in the closing seven-and-a-half minutes to seal the win. On the week, Leasure was 14-of-26 from the field ( =53.8), 12-of-19 from long range ( =63.2), 4-of-4 from the line ( =1.000) and tallied 3.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.5 rebounds.

Harris helped the Panthers to a 2-0 record on the week, including a League-opening win over Radford. He scored 10 points in his Big South debut, hitting 5-of-6 free throws in the closing minute to help secure the High Point win. He also handed out four assists and posted two steals against the Highlanders. On the week, Harris averaged 7.5 points, 66.7 percent from the field (4-of-6) and 75.0 percent from the free throw line (6-of-8), in addition to 1.5 steals per game.

Other Player of the Week nominees for Week 8: Arizona Reid (High Point), Larry Blair (Liberty) and Martell McDuffy (Radford).

Other Freshman of the Week nominees for Week 8: Amir Johnson (Radford).