Williams Selected Big West Player of the Week for the Second Time in 2012-13

Alan Williams (Photo by Vince Agapito)
Alan Williams (Photo by Vince Agapito)

IRVINE, Calif. - Alan Williams (Phoenix, Ariz./North HS), the conference's leading rebounder, yanked down 14 boards in each of UC Santa Barbara two wins to secure the final Big West Men's Basketball Player of the Week award for the 2012-13 season. It was the second Player of the Week honor that he has received this season.

In fact, Williams posted his conference-leading 14th and 15th double-doubles of the season in Gaucho victories over Cal State Fullerton (66-50) and UC Riverside (56-46) that clinched the No. 7 seed in the upcoming Big West Tournament.

Against the Titans, Williams scored 20 points and added 14 rebounds, two blocked shots and a steal in 31 minutes.  He made 6 of 12 floor shots and 8 of 10 from the charity stripe.

In the regular season finale versus the Highlanders, Williams nearly had an identical stat line as he finished with 19 points and 14 rebounds.  He also swatted five shots to increase his season total to 64, second-best in the Big West.

The 15 double-doubles on the season is the most by a Gaucho since the 1989-90 season.

For the week, Williams also connected on 73.9 (17 of 23) percent of his free throw attempts.

On the season, he is averaging 17.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 2.4 blocked shots per game.  His rebound average ranks fifth in the nation.