Nicholls’ Kevin Johnson earns Southland Men’s Basketball Player of the Week honors
Junior guard’s 33-point outing helps Colonels take sole possession of second place
Week 15 Southland Conference Release (PDF)
FRISCO, Texas – Nicholls guard Kevin Johnson is the Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.
On the court for all but two minutes in each of the Colonels’ contests last week, he averaged 23 points per game while shooting 69 percent from the field, 50 percent from three and 91 percent from the free-throw line. Johnson converted 18 of 20 attempts from the charity stripe in a win over Sam Houston State on Saturday, tying UT-Arlington’s Dink Ford (Dec. 12, 1964) for the 10th-most free throws made in a game in conference history.
Nicholls split its matchups with the league’s top two squads, falling to league-leading Stephen F. Austin 70-64 on Wednesday before rebounding with an 88-82 win over the Bearkats on Saturday. The win secured a season sweep of the SHSU and secured sole possession of second place for the Colonels. Nicholls wraps up a three-game homestand against Lamar at 7 p.m. CT Wednesday and Southeastern Louisiana at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Men’s Basketball Player of the Week – Kevin Johnson, Nicholls – Jr. – Guard – Thibodaux, La.
Against first-place Stephen F. Austin, Johnson scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half as the Colonels dwindled a 10-point halftime deficit down to three, but the ‘Jacks proved to be too much down the stretch. Johnson shot 5-of-7 from the field and dished out four assists.
Tied with Sam Houston State in the standings after the loss, Johnson turned on the jets in Saturday’s showdown for second place and poured in a career-high 33 points in the win over the Bearkats. He was automatic from the free-throw line, sinking 18 of his 20 attempts to tie UTA’s Dink Ford for 10th on the league’s all-time single-game leaderboard.
Johnson was 14-of-15 from the stripe in the second half, including making 7-of-8 in the final 1:16 to fend off SHSU. He converted 6-of-9 from the field, drilled half of his six attempts from long range and tallied four assists to help Nicholls improve to 9-1 at home this season. This is Johnson’s first career Player of the Week award.
Honorable Mention: Nathan Bain, Stephen F. Austin; Nikos Chougkaz, Northwestern State; Payten Ricks, Abilene Christian; Myles Smith, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
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