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Rice's Carl Pierre Named Conference USA Player of the Week

POSTED: January 10, 2022 -- 1:20 p.m. CT

Monday afternoon, the Conference USA league office announced Rice Owls' graduate student guard Carl Pierre was named the Conference USA Player of the Week.

Pierre had his best week of the season to lead Rice to victories over Middle Tennessee and West Division leader UAB. Pierre averaged 19.0 points and 9.0 rebounds while connecting on 57.7% from the field. He opened the week against Middle Tennessee recording his first career double-double, scoring a game-high 19 points while pulling down a career-high 10 rebounds. With the Owls trailing 47-46 at the under-eight timeout, Pierre scored eight straight points in a 10-0 run to key Rice to victory.

Two days later, Pierre helped the Owls snap UAB's four-game winning streak, scoring 19 points while grabbing a game-high eight rebounds. He also tied a career-high with two blocks. With UAB holding a one-point lead with less than five minutes to play, the Boston, Mass., native scored five straight points, including his third three-pointer that gave the Owls the lead for good.

Pierre is in the top 10 in Conference USA in scoring (15.1), field goal percentage (50.7%), three-point field goal percentage (43.0%) and three-pointers made per game (2.86).

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