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Dedric Lawson named American Conference player of the week

MEMPHIS, Tenn-University of Memphis sophomore Dedric Lawson has been named the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week, announced by the conference office on Monday afternoon. It is Lawson’s first career Player of the Week honor.

Lawson played in just one game during the week because of a break for final exams, but made the most of one game as he flirted with a triple-double with 24 points, 10 rebounds, and eight blocked shots. He hit 8-of-16 shots from the field, and 7-of-10 from the charity stripe in the game, recording his fifth 20+ scoring game of the season.

His eight blocked shots are the third-most in a game in school history, third-most in a game in American Athletic Conference history, and the third-highest total in the NCAA this season.

The double-double was his seventh of the season, which are tied for the third-most in the NCAA, while his 24 double-doubles over 42 career games rank as the 11th highest currently active career total in the NCAA. He is also one of two players in the NCAA (along with Lehigh’s Tim Kempton) to average 20 points and 10 rebounds per game.

The Tigers host the Monmouth Hawks (8-2) on Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. at FedExForum.