March 7, 2011
COLORADO SPRINGS -- It was a big week for Lobos Dairese Gary, Drew Gordon, and Kendall Williams as the Mountain West Conference announced its 2011 All-MWC teams and its final Player of The Week heading into this week's Mountain West Tournament in Las Vegas.
Gary, UNM's do-it-all, play-through-pain, point guard was placed on the All-MWC First Team and also made the league's All-Defensive five-man squad. Gordon, UNM's talented 6-foot-9 transfer from UCLA hauled in a trio of awards: All-MWC Second Team, Newcomer of The Year and he also was named this week's MWC Player of The Week.
Williams grabbed two All-MWC awards as he was named the conference's Freshman of The Year and was placed on the All-MWC honorable mention list.
Gordon registered back-to-back double-doubles while helping the Lobos to wins over No. 3 BYU and Air Force last week. In an 82-64 road win against the Cougars, the San Jose, Calif., native scored 15 points and grabbed 16 rebounds while adding two steals.
Gordon followed that performance with 13 points, 10 rebounds, three blocked shots and one steal in a 66-61 victory over the Falcons. For the week, Gordon was 9-of-18 (.500) from the field and 10-of-14 (.714) from the free throw line.
Gordon has now recorded 11 double-doubles in his last 17 games, and he is two rebounds and two points away from having 14 in the last 17 games. Drew still is UNM's most consistent scorer, hitting double-figures for 16 of the last 18 games.
Gary is a repeat selection on the All-MWC First Team where he was joined by Brigham Young's Jimmer Fredette, the 2011 Player of The Year, Colorado State's Andy Ogide, and San Diego State's Kawhi Leonard and D.J. Gay.
Gordon was joined on the MWC Second Team by BYU's Jackson Emery, San Diego State's Malcolm Thomas, UNLV's Tre'Von Willis, and Utah's Will Clyburn. No Lobos were placed on the MWC Third Team.
BYU's Jackson was named as the league's Defensive Player of The Year, CSU's Pierce Hornung was the Sixth Man of The Year and the league named co-Coaches of The Year in BYU's Dave Rose and SDSU's Steve Fisher.
Gordon took newcomer honors as one of two player in the MWC to average a double-double in league play. He finished the regular season second in rebounding at 11.8 per game and ninth in scoring with a 13.9 average. His board average set a MWC record for a junior and is No. 3 on the all-time list. Gordon was second in the MWC in field goal percentage.
Williams, a 6-3 off-guard, was the MWC's top scoring freshman averaging 10.1 points in league outings. He averaged 3.7 assists. His 341 points so far this season ranks him No. 3 as a Lobo freshman behind Kenny Thomas (484) and John Robinson (346). He has 46 steals which has him two behind the UNM freshman record of 48 set by Phil Smith.
Gary now has 96 win in his four years at UNM, tying Kenny Thomas (1996-99) for the most wins by a scholarhip player. He made his 128th career start in UNM's win Saturday in The Pit over Air Force. That's the lonest active streak in the NCAA and second all-time at UNM behind Rob Robbins (133 starts).
Gary is in the No. 13 spot at UNM in scoring with 1,440 career points, No. 2 with 534 free throws made and No. 3 in free-throw attempts with 708.