Mountain West Names Men's Basketball Player of the Week

Jan. 7, 2013


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Wyoming senior forward Leonard Washington has been named the Mountain West Men's Basketball Player of the Week for games through January 6. This is Washington's second career MW weekly accolade.

Washington registered 19 points and 11 rebounds while leading Wyoming to a 59-56 road win at SMU last Wednesday. The Lake Charles, La., native scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half, including 13 in the final seven minutes, as the Cowboys rallied from a late four-point deficit to hand the Mustangs their first home loss of the season.

With Wyoming trailing, 46-42, and just over six minutes left to play, Washington converted back-to-back 3-pointers to put the Pokes up, 48-46. He later added three more points off two offensive rebounds to break two ties and give Wyoming a slim 57-56 edge with 24 seconds remaining. With 14 seconds left on the clock, Washington stole the ball near midcourt and recorded a fast-break dunk that gave the Pokes a three-point cushion and their final margin of victory. Over the final 6:10 of the game, Washington was 4-of-5 from the field, 2-of-2 beyond the arc and 3-of-4 at the free throw line with one block, one assist, one steal and two offensive rebounds. He scored 13 of UW's final 17 points in the contest.

For the game, Washington went 6-of-15 from the field, 2-of-4 from behind the arc and 5-of-9 at the free throw line with two assists, two blocks and two steals in 35 minutes of action.

MW Men's Basketball Players of the Week:
Nov. 12 - Colton Iverson, Sr., C, Colorado State
Nov. 19 - Deonte Burton, Jr., G, Nevada; Tony Snell, Jr., G, New Mexico
Nov. 26 - Colton Iverson, Sr., C, Colorado State
Dec. 3 - Derrick Marks, So., G, Boise State
Dec. 10 - Anthony Bennett, Fr., F, UNLV
Dec. 17 - Anthony Drmic, So., G/F, Boise State
Dec. 24 - Pierce Hornung, Sr., F, Colorado State
Dec. 31 - Alex Kirk, So., C, New Mexico
Jan. 7 - Leonard Washington, Sr., F, Wyoming