Xavier Thames Named MW Player of the Week
Feb. 10, 2014
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - San Diego State senior guard Xavier Thames has been named the Mountain West men's basketball player of the week, the league announced Monday afternoon. The weekly award is his third of the season.
The Sacramento native helped the fifth-ranked Aztecs win their 19th and 20th straight games last week at Boise State and vs. Nevada. The 20-game winning streak is tied for the longest in school and Mountain West history.
In the 67-65 victory at Boise State, Thames scored a game-high 23 points, which marked his third straight game with at least 20 points (new career long), and had three rebounds, a team-high two assists and one steal in 23 foul-plagued minutes. Down the stretch, Thames was exceptional as he played a huge role in the Aztecs winning the game. SDSU trailed by five points with 7:34 left in the game and Thames scored 10 straight points, while also helping limit the Broncos to 2-for-8 shooting during that same span. Despite his 10 consecutive points, the Aztecs faced a one-point deficit with 19 seconds left. After a timeout, Thames drove the right side of the lane and kicked it to Dwayne Polee II, who nailed what would end up being the game-winning bucket with 4.2 seconds left.
Against Nevada, Thames was solid once again, leading all players with 17 points and five assists. The senior also helped shut down the Wolf Pack's leading scorer, Deonte Burton, who came into the game averaging 21.1 points before finishing with 11 on 4-of-15 shooting. As a result of his scoring effort this week, Thames has been in double figures a career-high 12 straight games.
For the week, Thames averaged 20.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.0 steals. Shooting-wise, Thames was 9-for-14 from the floor (.643), 4-for-7 from three (.571) and 18-for-20 from the charity stripe (.900). His scoring, assist, field-goal percentage, three-point field-goal percentage (min. 5 3FGA) and free-throw percentage numbers, meanwhile, led the team.
Thames is the first player to earn the MW weekly award three times this season and is the first Aztec to do so since Jamaal Franklin in 2012.