Nov. 26, 2012
RUSTON - After averaging 23.0 points per game in the three Louisiana Tech victories last week, sophomore guard Raheem Appleby was announced by the Western Athletic Conference today as the WAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 19-25.
The Jacksonville, Ark. native recorded a game-high 21 points and dished out three assists in a 67-63 win over Southeast Missouri State, sinking a key three-pointer to push the Bulldog lead to 61-54 with five minutes to play.
He then matched a career-high of 30 points the next night in the team's third win, 71-63, of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic against host school Chattanooga. Despite going out of the game with an ankle injury, Appleby came back onto the floor to score nine of LA Tech's last 13 points to secure the victory after the Mocs had tied the game up at 58 with four minutes remaining.
Appleby rounded out the week with an 18-point performance to go along with three rebounds, two blocks and two steals in a 68-52 win over Louisiana-Monroe.
On the week, he shot 43% from the field and 73% from the free throw line.
Other nominees included New Mexico State senior forward Bandja Sy, San Jose State junior forward Chris Cunningham, Seattle junior guard Clarence Trent, UT Arlington senior center Jordan Reves, UTSA senior guard Kannon Burrage, Texas State senior forward Matt Staff and Utah State junior center Jarred Shaw.
Appleby and the Bulldogs return to the hardwood on Wednesday night in the Thomas Assembly Center as they will square off with Southeastern Louisiana at 7 p.m.
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