Taylor Smith Receives Honorable Mention for the StatSheet Southland Player of the Week - March 4th, 2013

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Fred Hunter from Nicholls State has won StatSheet's Southland Player of the Week for March 4th. Korey Billbury from Oral Roberts has won StatSheet Southland Freshman of the Week. Also, Will Bond from Sam Houston State has won StatSheet's Southland 6th Man of the Week. Hunter registered 60% shooting, 17.5 points per game, and 3.5 assists per game. The Nicholls State senior played well in a win against Sam Houston State and a loss to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

Hunter added 10 points and 14 rebounds in 37 minutes in a close 56-53 win over Sam Houston State. He then led all scoring and rebounding with a 25 point and 9 rebound performance in a 68-64 loss to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

This is a familiar honor for Fred Hunter, who has been named StatSheet Southland Player of the Week three times. He has also finished second once. The runner-up this week is James Hulbin, a senior from Northwestern State. Honorable mention goes to our own Taylor Smith.

StatSheet Southland Freshman of the Week: Oral Roberts's Korey Billbury

Korey Billbury averaged 32 minutes starting both games for Oral Roberts. He was number one among all Southland freshmen in rebounding (10.0 per game). In a 56-54 loss to McNeese State, Billbury rang up 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Then in a 68-50 win against Lamar, he led all rebounding with 13 added 6 assists.

Amazingly, Korey Billbury has won the StatSheet Southland Freshman of the Week 3 times. The runner-up is Jalan West from Northwestern State. Rhon Mitchell from Lamar receives honorable mention. Thomas Walkup, who finished 4th, was the highest ranking freshman for Stephen F. Austin.

StatSheet Southland 6th Man of the Week: Sam Houston State's Will Bond

Junior Will Bond, a 6-4 reserve guard, played an average of 22 minutes over two games for the Bearkats. In a 56-53 loss to Nicholls State, Bond added 9 points and 2 assists. After that, in a 54-45 win over Southeastern Louisiana, he racked up 3 points and 4 rebounds.

This is the first StatSheet Southland 6th Man of the Week honor for Will Bond. James Hulbin, a senior forward from Northwestern State, is runner up. Brison White, a junior guard from Northwestern State, receives honorable mention. Stephen F. Austin players have been named StatSheet Southland Player of the Week 3 times this season.

Weekly Leaders

  • Scoring: Robert Crawford, Central Arkansas: 24 PPG
  • Rebounding: Jarvis Garner, Central Arkansas: 14 RPG
  • Assists: Jalan West, Northwestern State: 9 APG
  • Blocked Shots: Taylor Smith, Stephen F. Austin: 2 BPG
  • Free Throws: William Nelson, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi: 7 PPG
  • Three Pointers: Robert Crawford, Central Arkansas: 5.5 TPG
  • Steals: Kevin Hardy, McNeese State: 3.5 SPG

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 1SFA 32-3 18-0
2 TAMUCC 18-16 14-4
3 SHSU 24-11 13-5
4 NSU 17-14 12-6
5 Incarnate Word 21-6 9-5
6 Oral Roberts 17-16 10-8
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10 SELU 12-18 7-11
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12 Lamar 4-26 3-15
13 ABILEN 11-20 2-12
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