Taylor Collects C-USA Freshman of the Week Honor

Special to HNN Provided by Herd Zone

IRVING, Texas – One day after the Marshall men’s basketball team ended non-conference play with a win, freshman forward Ryan Taylor (Indianapolis, Ind.) has been named Conference USA Freshman of the Week, the league office announced Monday afternoon.

The weekly awards are chosen by a media panel representing the 16 member schools.

In a decisive 77-49 win over Presbyterian College on Sunday afternoon, Taylor led the offensive charge with 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting to go with 12 rebounds as he recorded his fourth career double-double. The win snapped a three-game losing skid for the Thundering Herd.

On the three-game week, Taylor averaged 17.3 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game in road games at South Carolina (Dec. 30) and Akron (Jan. 2), before returning home to host PC (Jan. 5). In 29 minutes per game, Taylor finished 20-of-35 from the field (57.1 percent) and shot better than 50 percent in all three games.

This marks the 14th C-USA Freshman of the Week honor in the history of Marshall men’s basketball. Freshman guard Kareem Canty (Harlem, N.Y.) has received the honor three times this season (Dec. 2, 9 and 16). Four Freshman of the Week awards ties for the second most in a season for the Herd (2010-11), with the most having been six (2009-10).

On the season, Taylor ranks third on the Marshall roster in points (13.6) and first in rebounds (7.1). Since returning from a knee injury that kept him out of games at Vanderbilt (Dec. 5) and Penn State (Dec. 7), Taylor leads the Herd in scoring with 16.2 points per game and 6.5 rebounds per game.

The Herd will now head to Texas for a two-game trip to open C-USA play against UTSA (Jan. 9) and UTEP (Jan. 11).

In-game Twitter updates @HerdMBB, results and a recap from the night’s action will be available at HerdZone.com.

C-USA Player of the Week
Nov. 11: Rakeem Buckles, FIU / Elijah Pittman, Marshall
Nov. 18: Louis Dabney, Tulane / C.J. Washington, UAB
Nov. 25: Chad Frazier, UAB
Dec. 2: Chad Frazier, UAB
Dec. 9: Pablo Bertone, Florida Atlantic
Dec. 16: Shawn Jones, Middle Tennessee
Dec. 23: Jonathan Stark, Tulane
Dec. 30: John Bohannon, UTEP
Jan. 6: Alex Hamilton, LA Tech

C-USA Freshman of the Week
Nov. 11: Matt Willms, UTEP
Nov. 18: Jonathan Stark, Tulane
Nov. 25: Sean Obi, Rice
Dec. 2: Kareem Canty, Marshall
Dec. 9: Kareem Canty, Marshall
Dec. 16: Kareem Canty, Marshall
Dec. 23: Jonathan Stark, Tulane
Dec. 30: Vince Hunter, UTEP
Jan. 6: Ryan Taylor, Marshall

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