FRISCO, Texas - After helping Sam Houston State to two wins last week, including a come-from-behind thriller at Stephen F. Austin, Ryan Bright has been voted the Aeropostale Men's Basketball Player of the Week in the Southland Conference. Following is a look at the week Bright had on his way to winning his second honor of the season.
JAN. 22 AEROPOSTALE/SLC MEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
RYAN BRIGHT, Sam Houston, Jr., F, Deer Park, Texas -- Bright scored 30 points (15.0) and grabbed 15 rebounds (7.5) to lead SHSU to victories over Lamar and Stephen F. Austin. Bright's three-point basket with 1:04 to play was the game-winner for the Bearkats as SHSU came from 13 points down to hand the Lumberjacks their first SLC loss. Bright hit an insurance free throw with four seconds remaining, scoring 25 points in the SFA victory. The award is the second of the season for Bright.
HONORABLE MENTION SELECTIONS
Colby Bargeman, Northwestern State -- Bargeman had six points in overtime to help the Demons outlast McNeese, then led NSU in scoring and steals at Lamar. Northwestern evened its overall record at 9-9 and took a half-game lead in the SLC East Division with a 4-2 mark by sweeping the games. Bargeman averaged 15.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.0 steals in the two games.
Daryl Cohen, Southeastern Louisiana -- In the Lions' only game of the week, Cohen broke out of a four-game slump, scoring a game-high 20 points, including six 3-pointers, in a 75-69 win over arch-rival Nicholls State on Saturday. Cohen finished 7-for-15 from the floor and 6-of-13 from behind the arc as Southeastern won its third straight game and remained a half-game behind Northwestern State in the SLC East Division. The third-leading scorer in the SLC, Cohen entered Saturday's game averaging 7.0 points in league play.
Lamar Sanders, Lamar -- Sanders averaged 11.7 points and 12.7 rebounds in three games last week. After being held to a season-low three rebounds at Sam Houston State, Sanders pulled down a season-high 18 in Thursday's win over Central Arkansas. He also scored 10 points to record his sixth double-double. He recorded his second straight double-double, and seventh of the season, with 18 points and 17 rebounds Saturday vs. Northwestern State. For the week, he shot 56.5 percent from the field and averaged 3.0 assists.
Josh Washington, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi -- Washington averaged 17.5 points last week in leading the Islanders to wins over Texas State and Texas-Arlington as they have now won eight-straight. He was 11-of-22 (.500) and -of-16 (.500) from beyond the 3-point line.