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Marcus Sasser, Tramon Mark Sweep The American Weekly Awards

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POSTED: November 30, 2020 -- 2:45 p.m. CT

After leading the Houston Cougars Men's Basketball program to three straight victories, guards Marcus Sasser and Tramon Mark swept the American Athletic Conference's weekly awards which the conference office announced Monday morning.

Sasser was named the league's Player of the Week, while Mark was recognized as its Freshman of the Week. Sasser earned his first Player of the Week accolade after being named Freshman of the Week in March. Mark earned the first weekly award of his young career.

In three games last week, Sasser averaged a team-high 17.3 points per game, connecting on 50.0 percent of his 3-point attempts (12-of-24) with 1.3 steals per game.

Sasser, from Red Oak, TX, opened the season with a game-high 25 points on 9-of-11 shooting against Lamar and set a Fertitta Center record with seven 3-pointers.

Sasser followed that with 10 points, two 3-pointers, two assists and two steals in the Cougars' win over Boise State in the first game of the Southwest Showcase in the Fertitta Center. He followed that with a game-high 17 points and three 3-pointers in the Cougars' 64-53 win over No. 14/13 Texas Tech in the Southwest Showcase championship game.

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Making his collegiate debut last week, Mark, from Dickinson, TX, averaged 14.0 points with 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.

Facing Lamar in his inaugural game, he scored 22 points, thanks to 5-of-8 shooting from the field and 10-of-13 from the free throw line, and grabbed eight rebounds with three steals and two assists.

With his total, he became only the third true freshman in school history to score 20+ points in his first game and the first since Lamar Roberson set the school record with 25 points against Florida Tech during the 2005-06 season opener.

After a 9-point effort against Boise State, Mark finished with 11 points and a pair of rebounds to help lead the Cougars to a 64-53 win over No. 14/13 Texas Tech during the final game of the Southwest Showcase in Fort Worth, Texas.

American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll

Jayden Gardner, Junior, Forward, East Carolina

The conference's leading scorer in 2019-20 recorded 10 of his 18 points in the last six minutes in East Carolina's 66-57 season-opening win over Charlotte.

Boogie Ellis, Sophomore, Guard, Memphis

Ellis came off the bench but led the Tigers in scoring with 16.0 points per game in three contests at the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic. Ellis scored 24 and hit six 3-pointers in the Tigers' 73-56 win over Saint Mary's.

Kendric Davis, Junior, Guard, SMU

Davis started off the season red hot with a 33-point performance in the Mustangs' 97-67 season-opening win over Sam Houston State. It was the most points ever by a Mustang in a season opener.

Jaylen Forbes, Sophomore, Guard, Tulane

Forbes started off his Green Wave career in style, averaging 15.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in Tulane's wins over Lamar and Lipscomb.

Brandon Rachal, Senior, Guard, Tulsa

Rachal averaged 16.5 points and 5.5 rebounds while shooting 56.5 percent from the field in a pair of contests for the Golden Hurricane at the Hall of Fame Classic.

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