James Southerland named Big East Player of the Week

James Southerland was named Big East Player of the Week after his 35 point effort against Arkansas in the SEC/Big East challenge. Though the conference is going through a painful transition period, it did quite well against the SEC, posting a 9-3 record.

Pittburgh’s James Robinson was named rookie of the week. Ironically, both players come from teams that will depart the Big East following the 2012-13 season.

From the official release:

Southerland was chosen as BIG EAST Player of the Week after he scored a career-high 35 points — the most by a BIG EAST player in a game this season — to lead Syracuse to a 91-82 win at Arkansas as part of the SEC-BIG EAST Challenge. He shot 12-of-17 from the field and 9-of-13 from 3-point range, tying Gerry McNamara’s school record for 3-pointers in a game. Southerland leads the BIG EAST in 3-pointers made (3.6 per game) and is sixth in the conference in scoring at 19.2 ppg.

» Related: Southerland steps up in road win

Here is the entire list for the week:

BIG EAST Player of the Week

JAMES SOUTHERLAND, Syracuse, F, Sr.

BIG EAST Rookie of the Week

JAMES ROBINSON, Pittsburgh, G, Fr.

BIG EAST Honor Roll

  • CLEVELAND MELVIN, DePaul, F, Jr.
  • ERIC ATKINS, Notre Dame, G, Jr.
  • KADEEM BATTS, Providence, F, Jr.
  • D’ANGELO HARRISON, St. John’s, G, So.
  • ANTHONY COLLINS, USF, G, So.

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