Sharp’s high-scoring week nets Lou Henson national honor, SLC Player of the Week award

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Demarcus Sharp
DeMarcus Sharp (center) had a career-high 34 points in Thursday’s win against Stephen F. Austin (Photo: Chris Reich/NSU Photographic Services).

NATCHITOCHES – Two buzzer beaters in one game helped DeMarcus Sharp pull off a double dose of awards.

A two-game scoring surge highlighted by a buzzer-beating jumper to knock off previously unbeaten Southern Miss landed Sharp the Lou Henson Player of the Week Award from College Insider as well as his second Southland Conference Player of the Week honor this season.

Sharp, a 6-foot-3 senior guard from Charleston, Missouri, averaged 33 points and six assists per game as the Demons went 2-0 with a Thursday win at Stephen F. Austin and Sunday’s 84-82 home victory against the Golden Eagles.

The Lou Henson Player of the Week Award is presented to a mid-major player each week while the Lou Henson Award is given to the top player at the mid-major level at the end of the season.

Sharp shot 49 percent from the field (20-for-41) and was 4 for 5 from 3-point range. He sank 22 of 25 free throws in the two games as he became the first two-time league honoree this season.

Sharp poured in a career-high 34 points at Stephen F. Austin and followed that with 32 against Southern Miss, including buzzer beaters at the end of each half. The first gave NSU a one-point lead at the intermission while the second was the Demons’ first buzzer-beating game-winning shot since Jan. 15, 2020, when Chudier Bile beat Nicholls at the end of the game.

The back-to-back 30-point games marked the first time a Demon player has eclipsed the 30-point plateau since Jalan West did so Jan. 10 and Jan. 13, 2015.

During Northwestern State’s six-game win streak, Sharp has averaged 21.5 points and 4.5 assists per game. He now leads the Southland Conference in scoring at 16.7 points per game.

The Demons return to action Saturday when they host longtime rival ULM at 3:30 p.m. in Prather Coliseum.

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