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Houston's Davis named AAC Player of the Week and Houston's Hinton named AAC Freshman of the Week
March 11, 2019 -- 11:53 a.m. CDT
The American Athletic Conference has announced the winners of the league's weekly men's basketball honors for the 18th week of the men's college basketball season.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Corey Davis, Jr. - Houston - Senior - Guard - Lafayette, LA
Davis averaged 24.0 points in a 2-0 week. The senior topped Houston in scoring as well as field goals (16), free throws (9), and assists (10) with only two turnovers. He led No. 12/12 Houston to wins over SMU and at No. 20/19 Cincinnati during the final week of regular season. Davis drove the Cougars to American Athletic Conference regular-season championship and first outright league title since 1984 in the Southwest Conference. Against SMU Davis scored 17 points with four 3-pointers, four assists and a steal in a senior night win over Mustangs inside Fertitta Center. At No. 20/19 Cincinnati he posted a career-high 31 points with three treys and six assists in road win over Bearcats. It was the first win over Bearcats in Cincinnati in school history, ending 16-game streak.
FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Nate Hinton - Houston - Guard - Gastonia, NC
Hinton averaged double-double with 12.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game in wins over SMU and at No. 20/19 Cincinnati. The freshman was the team's leading rebounder and third-leading scorer as the Cougars won the American Athletic Conference regular-season championship and first outright league title since 1984. Against SMU, Hinton scored nine points with nine rebounds and four assists as Houston clinched a share of The American regular-season title. At Cincinnati, he finished with 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field - including 4-of-4 from behind the arc -and 2-of-2 shooting from free throw line. Hinton posted career-high 11 rebounds, including six offensive, as Cougars claimed first road win at Cincinnati in school history, ending 16-game streak.
Shizz Alston, Jr. - Temple - Senior - Guard
Averaged 27.5 points in a 2-0 week. Scored a career-high 34 points on 12-14 shooting in a midweek win at UConn. He followed up the performance with 21 points in a resume-building win against No. 25/rv UCF.
Josh Carlton - UConn - Sophomore - Forward / Center
Averaged 20.5 points and 8.0 rebounds and shot 15-of-18 (.833) from the field in a 1-1 week. Had 21 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in a close loss to Temple. Had his third double-double of the season on 20 points and 10 rebounds at ECU.
Aubrey Dawkins - UCF - Redshirt-Junior - Guard
Averaged 20.5 points and 7.0 rebounds as the Knights over No. 20/19 Cincinnati. Scored a career-high 36 points to go with 11 rebounds at Temple for his third career double-double.
Jeremiah Martin - Memphis - Senior - Guard
Scored 20 points in the Tigers' lone game of the week, a win over Tulsa at FedExForum. It was his 15th 20-point game of the season. He posted a full line with six rebounds, six assists and two steals.
Markis McDuffie - Wichita State - Senior - Forward
Averaged 15.0 points in a 2-0 week as the Shockers have won 10 of their last 12 games. Had 16 points, five rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers vs. ECU and 14 points, four assists and two steals in the win at Tulane.
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