Nashville, Tenn. - Tennessee State University's Robert Covington was named the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week after the Tigers' 69-42 win over Eastern Kentucky. The announcement was made Monday afternoon.
Covington claims his first OVC Player of the Week honor after scoring 15 of his 22 points in the first half when TSU jumped out to a 26-point lead over EKU last week. He is the first TSU player to be named OVC Player of the Week since Dec. 15, 2008 (Jerrell Houston).
The win was the fifth-straight for the Tigers, the longest streak under second-year head coach John Cooper. In addition, Covington finished the game with 12 rebounds, netting his second double-double of the season and the fourth of his career. He connected on 9-of-13 shots (69.2%) and 3-of-4 three-point attempts while also adding an assist.
Covington, a sophomore and native of Bellwood, Ill, is currently second on the team in points (14.3 ppg) and rebounds (7.2 rpg). He has scored in double figures in 10-of-12 games this season, leading TSU in points in five games and posting the team-high in rebounds in six of those contests.
He adds another award after being selected to the OVC Newcomer and two All-America (BoxToRow.com/BASN & Collegeinsider.com) teams last year. He also received the OVC Freshman of the Week honor twice and was named Mid Major Stud of the Night by FOXSports.com in his first year at TSU.