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WSU’s Early earns MVC honor

  • Eagle staff
  • Published Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at 6:23 p.m.

Wichita State junior Cleanthony Early earned Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week honors after scoring 16 points in Sunday’s win over Northern Iowa.

Early, a 6-foot-8 forward, made 6 of 11 shots and grabbed six rebounds in the 66-41 win. It is the third newcomer award this season for Early, a transfer from Sullivan County (N.Y.) Community College. He is averaging 13.3 points and 5.5 rebounds.

Evansville’s Troy Taylor was named Player of the Week after he scored 10 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and handed out 10 assists in a loss to Creighton on Saturday. It is the second triple-double in Evansville history.

In the polls _ WSU’s 12-1 record and Sunday’s win did not make an impression on voters in the national polls.

The Shockers received 11 points in the Associated Press poll of 65 writers and broadcasters, the same number as the previous week. WSU is No. 32 among those receiving votes.

Six voters placed WSU in the top 25, with a high point of No. 22.

In the USA Today poll of 31 coaches, WSU received seven votes to rank No. 31.

Entering Monday’s games, WSU was one of 12 schools with 12 or more NCAA Division I victories. The other 11 are ranked in the AP’s top 25.

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