March 7, 2011
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Junior forward/center Drew Gordon has been named the Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for games through March 6. This is the second career weekly accolade for Gordon.
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.
Gordon overall is averaging 12.6 points and 10.5 rebounds overall.
The last time a Lobo averaged a double-double for the season was in 1998-99, when Kenny Thomas averaged 17.8 points and 10.0 rebounds for the Lobos, and the reality is, Thomas benefited from rounding up, because he technically averaged 9.96 rebounds. The last person who didn't need mathematical help to average a double-double was all the way back in 1975-76, when Larry Gray averaged 14.3 points and 10.4 rebounds over his 24 games, Gray's only season with the Lobos.