Mountain West Men's Basketball Announces Co-Players of the Week
March 5, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - New Mexico senior forward Drew Gordon and San Diego State sophomore guard Jamaal Franklin have been named the Mountain West Men's Basketball Co-Players of the Week for games through March 3. This is the sixth career weekly accolade for Gordon and third for Franklin.
Gordon led New Mexico to a share of its third regular-season MW title in the last four years with back-to-back double-doubles in wins against Air Force and Boise State last week. In Wednesday's 86-56 victory over the Falcons, Gordon scored 17 points on an 8-of-9 (.889) shooting performance from the field with one free throw. He also had 11 rebounds, one block and one steal. The San Jose, Calif., native followed that outing with a career-high 30 points on 11-of-15 (.733) field goal shooting, including the first made 3-pointer of his career, in Saturday's 76-61, regular-season finale win over the Broncos. He also grabbed 12 rebounds and had one steal in the game. For the week, Gordon averaged 23.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game, shooting 79.2 percent (19-of-24) from the field and 88.9 (8-of-9) from the free throw line.
Franklin also registered consecutive double-doubles in leading San Diego State to a pair of road wins to help the Aztecs clinch a share of their second consecutive MW regular season title (third overall). Franklin led all players with 18 points and 12 rebounds in Wednesday's 66-53 win at Boise State. He was 5-of-9 (.556) from the field and 6-of-7 (.857) from the free throw line while adding three assists. In the regular-season finale at TCU, Franklin poured in a career-high 35 points to go along with a personal-best five assists and a game-high 13 rebounds in the 98-92 overtime win. He shot 50.0 percent (9-of-18) from the field and was 14-of-17 (.824) from the free throw line. For the week, Franklin averaged 26.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game, while shooting 51.9 percent (14-of-27) from the field, including 41.7 percent (5-of-12) from 3-point range, and 83.3 percent (20-of-24) from the charity stripe.