Posted By: Sports
Courtesy: Creighton Athletics
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Unbeaten Creighton men's basketball has picked up a pair of weekly awards from the BIG EAST Conference. Marcus Foster has been named BIG EAST Player of the Week, while Justin Patton was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week. It's the first weekly league honor for both as Bluejays.
Foster averaged 20.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in a pair of Bluejay victories last week, shooting 60 percent from the floor (15-25), 50 percent from downtown (6-12) and 83.3 percent at the line (5-6).
Foster's week began with a season-high 25 points against Ole Miss in the title game of the Paradise Jam. He scored 17 points in the first half to help keep Creighton within six at the break, and would take home Tournament MVP honors on the All-Tournament Team after leading CU back from a 11-point deficit.
On Saturday, Foster had 16 points and two assists in an 82-52 win over Loyola (Md.). With Creighton off to a sluggish start, Foster scored the first nine points in an 11-2 Bluejay run as Creighton overcame a 20-18 deficit to take the lead for good.
Foster is Creighton's first transfer to score 10 points or more in his first six games as a Bluejay since Tad Ackerman in 1994-95.
Patton averaged 14.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in two games last week while shooting 86.7 percent from the field. He added two assists, two blocked shots and a steal to help Creighton improve to 6-0. Twenty-two of his 28 points came after halftime, as Creighton outscored foes 98-58 (the Jays were outscored 71-70 in the first half).
Patton's week began on Monday in a win over Ole Miss in the title game of the Paradise Jam. Patton had 11 points and five rebounds in 28 minutes, making 5-of-7 field goal attempts.
He then had 15 of his season-high 17 points after halftime in Saturday's 82-52 win over Loyola (Md.). Patton was a perfect 8-for-8 from the field and also led CU with six rebounds.
Patton had three dunks in each game and now owns 17 dunks in his first six games as a Bluejay. He's also joined Doug McDermott as the only Bluejay freshmen in the last 35 years to debut with at least six straight games of 10 or more points.