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Virginia’s Brogdon, North Carolina’s Paige, Syracuse’s Ennis receive honors
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Sophomore guards Malcolm Brogdon of Virginia and Marcus Paige of North Carolina have been named the Co-Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Players of the Week, while Syracuse guard Tyler Ennis earned ACC Freshman of the Week honors.
The Player of the Week honor is a career first for Brogdon. Paige was cited for the second week in a row and the fourth time this season. Ennis was named the ACC Rookie of the Week for the fifth time.
Brogdon averaged 17 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and one steal per game, as Virginia nailed down the ACC regular-season title with a pair of wins. The Norcross, Ga., native tallied a career-high 19 points, five rebounds and five assists as Virginia defeated Syracuse 75-56 on Saturday to clinch its sixth ACC regular-season championship (second outright) and the No. 1 seed in next week’s ACC Tournament. Earlier in the week, Brogdon added 15 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in the Cavaliers’ 65-40 win over Miami. Overall, he was 9-of-21 from the floor and 15-of-15 from the foul line in the two wins. Brogdon is the only ACC player to score in double figures in every league game this season.
Paige scored 31 of his career-high 35 points in the second half and overtime – including the game-winning basket with 0.9 seconds to play – in UNC’s 85-84 win at NC State last Wednesday night. The Marion, Iowa, native went 11-of-21 from the floor, including a career-high 7-of-12 from 3-point range. Paige connected on five threes in the second half and two more in overtime. Both of his threes in overtime came with UNC trailing by six points. Paige’s 35 points were the most by a Tar Heel since Harrison Barnes had 40 vs. Clemson in 2011. The seven 3-pointers were the most by a UNC player since Will Graves hit seven vs. Dayton in 2010. Paige added nine points in Saturday’s 60-56 win at Virginia Tech and did not commit a turnover. He had one turnover in 71 minutes in last week’s two games.
In two games for Syracuse last week, Ennis averaged 16.5 points while shooting 48.8 percent from the floor and 80 percent from the foul line. Ennis’ 20 points at Maryland last Wednesday night were a team high and keyed the Orange to a 57-55 win. For the week, the Brampton, Ontario, native also averaged 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and one steal in 38.5 minutes per game.