Monday, February 11, 2013

Spencer Butterfield named WAC POW

Utah State’s Spencer Butterfield has been named the Western Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 4-10.

Butterfield, a junior forward from Loomis, Calif. (Del Oro HS/Yuba CC), posted his fifth-straight double-double with game highs of 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead USU to its 63-36 road at San Jose State on Friday. He also added one steal and one assist in the victory. Butterfield averaged 10.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game heading into Wednesday’s matchup with San Jose State.

Butterfield’s 22 points were one shy of his season-high 23 points, and came off a season-high nine made field goals on 9-of-11 shooting, including 3-of-3 from three-point range. He nearly had a double-double in the first half with 13 points and seven rebounds, nearly single-handedly matching SJSU’s 16 points and 11 rebounds in the first 20 minutes. During USU’s 25-2 run that broke the game open in the first half, Butterfield started the spurt with a three-pointer and later netted six of the last nine points in the streak for USU’s 31-11 lead.

Butterfield now has 12 double-figure scoring outings and five double-digit rebound games, posting double-doubles in all five. Butterfield netted three-pointers for the second-straight game and it was his 10th multi-three-pointer game. It was also his sixth game with three or more treys, including second game going 3-for-3 from distance.

Other nominees included:

* Denver junior Chris Udofia averaged 18.0 points in a pair of wins

* Louisiana Tech junior Chris Anderson averaged 9.5 points and 10.0 rebounds in two wins

* New Mexico State freshman Sim Bhullar averaged 17.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in a pair of victories

* UT Arlington senior Kevin Butler averaged 19.0 points over two wins.

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