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Rice's Mekhi Mason Named C-USA Freshman of the Week

POSTED: January 2, 2023 -- 1:31 p.m. CT

After leading Rice to a road sweep, men's basketball guard Mekhi Mason was named the Conference USA Freshman of the Week, the C-USA office announced Monday afternoon.

It's Mason's second honor of the year, becoming the first Owl to win the award twice in a season since Marcus Evans in 2015-16.

Mason grabbed his second Freshman of the Week award of the season after helping Rice (11-3, 2-1 C-USA) to a road sweep at WKU and UTEP. He averaged 14.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals while connecting on 45.5 percent (10 for 22) from the field, 40.0 percent (4 for 10) from three and 83.3 percent (5 for 6) from the free throw line.

Mason opened the week scoring 10 points and recording a game-high five assists in an 81-78 victory over UTEP, handing the Roadrunners their first home loss of the season. He then led all players with 19 points and a career-high four steals in a 72-67, overtime win at UTEP. Mason leads all C-USA true freshmen with 37 assists this season. His performance helped the Owls to their first road conference sweep since Feb. 6-8, 2020, and their best start to a season since 2003-04.

Rice begins its home conference schedule this Thursday, January 5, when it hosts Louisiana Tech. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT and will streamed by ESPN+.

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