After earning Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week honors two weeks ago, LSU forward Ben Simmons won his first SEC Player of the Week honor Monday.
Simmons was recognized for his play in LSU’s loss to College of Charleston and win over North Florida when he averaged 29.0 points 16.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists. He also averaged three steals and two blocked shots in the two games.
In a 119-108 win against North Florida on Wednesday night, Simmons poured in a career-high 43 points while hitting 15-of-20 shots from the field. He also had 14 rebounds, seven assists and five steals.
Simmons’ 43-point outburst was the most for SEC player since Arkansas’ Rotnei Clarke had 51 against Alcorn State on Nov. 13, 2009 and was the most by an SEC freshman since Tennessee’s Allan Houston had 43 points against LSU on Feb. 10, 1990.
Simmons is the fourth freshman in the past 20 years to record 40 points and 10 rebounds in a game and is the first major-college player to have a game of 40-10-5-5 in the last 20 years.
In addition to his monster game against North Florida, Simmons had 15 points and 18 rebounds in 70-58 road loss to Charleston.
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