Feb. 21, 2011
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss senior forward Gary Flowers and freshman guard D.J. Newbill swept the Conference USA Men's Basketball awards this week. Flowers garnered selection as the Player of the Week while Newbill took home Co-Freshman of the Week based on voting from a media panel covering the 12 league schools and released Monday afternoon.
Flowers earned the award for the third time this season. He becomes the first Golden Eagle to earn three Player of the Week awards in a single season, and joins Clarence Weatherspoon and Glen Whisby as the only players to earn at least in their careers. He is also the first to do it in Conference USA.
Flowers, a Dallas, Texas native, averaged 22.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 1.0 steals during the week in helping lead the Golden Eagles to two conference victories
Newbill was named Co-Freshman of the Week along with Tulsa's Jordan Clarkson. The Philadelphia, Pa., native connected on 72.7% of his shots, averaging 11.5 points, 12.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steals.
In Wednesday's win over conference leader UTEP, three-point play with 7:11 remaining gave the Golden Eagles the lead for good, capping off a 13-point second half comeback in a 64-51 victory. The Dallas, Texas native finished with 13 points, four rebounds and four blocks to give the Golden Eagles just their fifth win over the Miners in 16 tries.
He then capped off his week against East Carolina by recording his sixth double-double of the season, recording career-highs of 32 points, 13-of-20 field goals and four three-pointers while also pulling down 11 rebounds to help Southern Miss to a 72-55 victory. Flowers scored 16 of Southern Miss' first 22 points, and finished with 21 first half points.
Flowers currently leads Conference USA in scoring with 20.1 points per game, is fifth in blocks (1.7) and three-point field goal percentage (.430) and seventh in rebounding (7.6) and field goal percentage (.487).
Against conference leader UTEP, Newbill had his best game of the season, scoring 15 points and pulling down a career-high 16 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season. His three-pointer jump started the 13-point second half comeback.
The following game against East Carolina, Newbill scored eight points and grabbed nine rebounds in a 72-55 win. Newbill currently leads all freshmen in rebounding with 6.8 boards per game, which is also tenth in Conference USA.