Jan. 11, 2010
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech’s Gani Lawal has been named ACC Player of the Week, and Miami’s Durand Scott earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced Monday.
In earning the award for the second time in his career, Lawal scored 21 points in each of Georgia Tech’s two games last week. In Saturday’s 71-67 victory over No. 5 Duke, Lawal had 21 points and nine rebounds and was 8-for-9 from the floor and 5-for-6 from the foul line.
The Norcross, Ga., native scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half, went 4-for-4 from the free throw line, and his last field goal gave the Yellow Jackets a 64-60 cushion with 1:01 left. Earlier in the week, Lawal had 21 points with six rebounds in a 73-66 loss at Georgia.
Scott had 10 points, three assists, two rebounds and a steal to help Miami win its seventh-straight game and get off to its best start in 50 years with a 67-66 win over Wake Forest on Saturday.
Scott scored eight of his 10 points in the second half – including hitting a pivotal jumper with 4:06 to go to put the Hurricanes back in the lead 63-62. It was his sixth double-figure scoring effort of the season. The New York freshman ranks seventh in the ACC in assists per game (4.4) and third in assists-to-turnover ratio (2.15:1).