January 21, 2013
For the second time this season, and third time during his Shawnee State career, senior Tyler Morgan has been named the Mid-South Conference Player of the Week.
His latest honor comes after recording a pair of double-doubles in the Bears’ victories over Wilberforce (80-56) and Bluefield (89-57).
His previous honor this season came during the week of Jan. 7. He becomes just the second player in the Mid-South Conference to take home multiple player of the week honors this season.
In the two dominating victories, Morgan started off his week with a team-high 21 points and 10 rebounds during the non-conference trip to Wilberforce. With just the one conference game this weekend, Morgan again led his team in points (22) and rebounds (14) during the win on Homecoming Weekend against Bluefield. With two more double-doubles to his name, Morgan continues to lead the conference with seven for the season.
The senior is currently averaging 16.2 points and a team-high 9.1 rebounds per game. Against Mid-South teams, he has been even better. Through the first 10 MSC games, Morgan has averaged a double-double with 16.9 points and 10.2 rebounds per game.
Morgan is currently leading the Mid-South Conference in rebounding (both in conference and overall). He is tied for eighth in the conference (with teammate Jeremy Bennington) in scoring during MSC games and is ninth overall in scoring over the course of the season.
He has scored at least 20 points on seven different occasions this season. Four of those have come during his last six games. Overall, five of those 20-plus point games have come during conference matchups. He has also pulled down at least nine rebounds during each of the last six games and has gathered at least that many rebounds in all but one conference game.
On the national stage, he ranks sixth in the NAIA is rebounds per game and seventh in defensive rebounds per game (6.2). He is 10th in total rebounds (164), 23rd in offensive rebounds per game (2.9) and 47th in points per game.
He has already broken SSU’s career record for rebounding and is now just 99 points away from breaking the career record for scoring with 11 more regular season games to go.