Sunday, March 10, 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 March 4-10.

Butterfield, a junior guard/forward from Loomis, Calif. (Del Oro HS), returned to the lineup after sitting out a game due to a hip injury and averaged a double-double last week to lead the Aggies to a 2-0 record with wins over Texas State and UTSA. In Thursday’s win over the Bobcats, Butterfield pulled down a career-high 20 rebounds-the most rebounds by a USU player since 1997 and the most in the WAC this season, as well as the fifth-most in the NCAA this season. He added 10 points for his seventh double-double of the season. He was just three assists shy of a triple-double with seven. In Saturday’s win over the Roadrunners, Butterfield netted 14 points with three rebounds, five assists and a steal.

On the week, Butterfield averaged 12.0 points, 11.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists 1.0 blocks and 1.0 steals per game. He shot 47.1 percent (8-of-17) from the field.

Other nominees:

* Denver junior forward Chris Udofia averaged 19.5 points in a pair of wins

* Idaho senior center Kyle Barone scored 27 points with 12 rebounds in a win over Seattle U

* New Mexico State sophomore guard Daniel Mullings averaged 17.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in to wins at home

* Texas State junior forward Joel Wright averaged 14.5 points and 8.5 rebounds as the Bobcats went 1-1

* UTSA’s Michael Hale III scored 21 points at Utah State.

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