Tennessee State University forward Robert Covington was named the Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, as announced by the league office on Monday, after notching 19.0 points and 9.7 rebounds last week for the Tigers.
The Bellwood, Ill., native averaged 19.0 points, 9.7 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.0 assists/game in three games last week. The junior hit 55.0 percent (22-of-40) from the field, 38.5 percent (5-of-13) from 3-point range and 88.9 percent (8-of-9) from the free throw line as the Tigers beat South Carolina and Fisk and lost by three points at Western Kentucky.
In the team's biggest first ever win over an SEC foe, Covington scored 16 points, pulled down nine rebounds, had three assists and one steal while also draining three 3-pointers in the 64-63 win at South Carolina.
To begin the week at WKU, Covington had 17 points and 14 rebounds while also netting two steals.
In between those contests he scored 24 points on a career-high 10 made field goals, added six rebounds, a block and a steal in a home win over Fisk. Covington has led TSU in scoring in each of its four games this season.
The honor marks the fourth time Covington has been recognized by the OVC and just the second time as player of the week. Covington earned Freshman of the Year honors two times in 2009-10.
TSU plays at No. 1 North Carolina on Tuesday evening. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Dean E. Smith Center and will be televised nationally on ESPN3.
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