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

POSTED: January 23, 2023 -- 1:26 p.m. CT

After recording the second triple-double in Rice history, Rice big man Max Fiedler was named the Conference USA Player of the Week, the C-USA office announced Monday afternoon.

Fiedler garners his first career Player of the Week honor after averaging 21 points, 8.5 rebounds and 7.5 assists in a pair of road wins last week, including just the second triple-double in program history against UTSA. He sank 80 percent of his shots (20-25) on the week to move into first among Division I student-athletes in field-goal percentage (77.3).

Fiedler became the first Division I player in the last 10 years to have a 20-point triple-double while connecting on 85 percent of his shots from the field after posting a season-high 24 points on 12 for 14 fgs against UTSA on Monday. He added 13 rebounds and a career-high 11 assists to help the Owls (14-5, 5-3 C-USA) erase an 18-point deficit in an 88-81 overtime win. Fiedler followed that up by scoring 18 points on 8-11 shooting with four rebounds and four assists in a 72-60 victory at North Texas, marking the most points allowed by a North Texas team since the 2021 NCAA Tournament.

Rice returns home on a three-game winning streak when it faces Charlotte this Thursday, January 26. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game will be streamed by ESPN+.

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