December 10, 2007

Harris Earns Big West Player of the Week Honor for Second Time in Three Weeks

Dec. 10, 2007

IRVINE, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara senior guard Alex Harris was named Big West Conference Player of the Week for the week ending December 9, the league announced Monday. In wins over Pepperdine and Utah Valley last week, Harris averaged 23.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game, while making 10 out of 13 three-point attempts, 76.9%.

It marks the third straight week that a UCSB player has been named Player of the Week. The honor is the second this season for Harris and the fourth of his career.

In the win over Pepperdine on Dec. 5, the senior from Alameda, Calif., scored 22 points, pulled down three rebounds and had a pair of steals as the Gauchos topped Pepperdine by a 68-57 score. Harris made consecutive three-point baskets late in the first half to break open a relatively close game. Ultimately, UCSB led by as many as 26 points before setting for the 11-point win. Harris made 9-of-14 shots overall against the Waves, including 4-of-5 from beyond the three-point arc.

On Friday, Dec. 7, Harris had 25 points, two rebounds and a blocked shot in leading his team past Utah Valley State, 81-61. He made a career-high six three-point baskets, in eight attempts, in leading the Gauchos to their seventh straight win, the program's longest winning streak since the 1988-89 season. The win also improved UCSB's record to 9-1, the best 10-game record since that same 1988-89 season.

Harris is now leading the Big West in scoring at 23.6 points per game and he has lifted his three-point field goal percentage to 50.0%, making 25-of-50. It was his second Player of the Week honor in the last three weeks. Last week, sophomore guard James Powell was selected co-Player of the Week.

UCSB is off for final examinations this week. The Gauchos return to action on Wednesday, Dec. 19 when they travel to Muncie, Ind., to play Ball State. On the same trip, they will play at top-ranked North Carolina on Saturday, Dec. 22.

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