Feb. 3, 2014
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio University junior forward Maurice Ndour has been named the Lou Henson National Co-Player of the Week along with Alan Williams of UC Santa Barbara.
The weekly honor is presented to a mid-major student-athlete by CollegeInsider.com. The media outlet annually presents the Lou Henson Player of the Year Award to the top mid-major player in college basketball.
Ndour also garnered MAC Player of the Week honors from the league office, College Sports Madness and HustleBelt after averaging 24.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game while shooting 66.7 percent (18-27) from the field in a 2-0 week for the Bobcats. The Mbour, Senegal native posted double-doubles in both games and made 12 of his 13 free throw attempts (.923) on the week.
On Wednesday in Ohio’s 71-67 win over Central Michigan, Ndour notched a game-high 21 points and 11 rebounds while making 7-of-11 field goal attempts (.636). He was a key part of Ohio’s second half comeback, as 15 of Ndour’s 21 points came during Ohio’s race back from an 18-point deficit (48-30) in the final 15 minutes of the second half.
On Saturday in Ohio’s critical 95-90 overtime win over MAC West-leading Toledo, the junior forward poured in a career-high 28 points (11-16 FG) and added a game-high 12 rebounds and three blocks in 41 minutes of action. His 28 points were the most by a Bobcat since a 31-point performance by Ivo Baltic on Feb. 5, 2011.
Ndour also became the first Bobcat to post back-to-back 20+ point efforts since Walter Offutt accomplished the feat in the 2012 NCAA Tournament in games vs. USF (21, Round of 32) and No. 1 North Carolina (26, Regional Semifinal).