January 30, 2012

SHU's Gibson Claims Second NEC Award

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FAIRFIELD, CT (January 30, 2012) - Sacred Heart's Shane Gibson (Killingly, CT) is coming off the first 40-point game by a Pioneer since 1993 and for his efforts was named the Choice Hotels Northeast Conference Player of the Week on Monday.  Gibson earns his second player of the week nod this season.

The NEC's leading scorer averaged 30.5 points last week to boost his league-leading average to 21.6 points and earn his second Choice Hotels/NEC Player of the Week honor of the season. He also contributed 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals, while shooting 51.1 percent from the field.  The Killingly, CT native scored 20 points and grabbed five rebounds in a 73-54 loss to Wagner on Thursday, before putting on a performance for the ages in a double-overtime thriller against Mount St. Mary's two days later. Gibson became the first SHU player to score 40 points in a game since 1993 when he went off for a career and NEC single-game season-high 41 in an 81-80 overtime setback to the Mountaineers. It was evident he was going to have a big day from the get-go, scoring 10 of his team's first 12 points in the first eight minutes en-route to a 15-point first half. He then dropped 20 more in the second half, including a game-tying trey, his sixth of the contest, with just 25 seconds left to cap off a furious comeback after trailing by seven with under two minutes left on the clock. The 41 points marked the most points by a Pioneer in the Division I-era and tied for the fourth highest scoring game in the nation this season.  Gibson extended his streak of games with at least 20 points to six and has now scored 20 or more points in 11 of his last 12 outings.  He ranks fourth in the nation in scoring and is averaging 26.1 points during NEC play.

Gibson and the Pioneers hit the road this week for games at Monmouth on Thursday night and at Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday.

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