The redshirt junior forward put together 11.0 points and 6.5 rebounds as TSU went 1-1 last week. The Chicago product led the Tigers with 14 points, grabbing six boards in the victory at Eastern Illinois. Against the Panthers, Thornton shot 5-of-7 from the field for 71 percent.
In the tough loss at Austin Peay, Thornton notched eight points and seven rebounds with a season-best three steals. On the season, Thornton is averaging 8.0 points and 4.1 rebounds per contest.
Thornton, a transfer from Illinois State, is the third Tiger to earn a weekly honor this season. Robert Covington was named OVC Player of the Week on Nov. 21, while Jordan Cyphers garnered Co-Newcomer of the Week accolades on Dec. 26. Thornton shared this week's award with Austin Peay's Jerome Clyburn.
Tennessee State (11-10, 4-4 OVC) returns to action on Thursday, Jan. 26 with a visit to UT Martin. The Tigers then return home for two games in three days with Eastern Kentucky on Saturday, Jan. 28 and rival Austin Peay on Jan. 30.
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