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Jan. 30, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Duke’s Mason Plumlee has been named ACC Player of the Week while teammate Austin Rivers was selected ACC Rookie of the Week.
Plumlee averaged 19.0 points, 14.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in leading Duke to wins over Maryland and St. John’s. The Warsaw, Ind., junior opened the week with a 23-point, 12-rebound and four-assist performance in a 74-61 ACC road win at Maryland. He was 9-of-13 from the field and knocked down all five free throws in the contest. In Saturday’s 83-76 win over Big East foe St. John’s, Plumlee recorded his ACC-leading ninth double-double of the season with 15 points and a career-best 17 rebounds. On the week, Plumlee shot 66.7 percent (14-of-21) from the field and 71.4 percent (10-fo-14) from the foul line.
In earning the league’s rookie award for the second-straight week and fifth time overall, Rivers averaged 11.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in leading Duke to wins over Maryland and St. John’s. The Winter Park, Fla., native had 10 points, a career-high five rebounds and three assists in 38 minutes of action in the road win over the Terrapins. Against St. John’s, Rivers finished with 12 points, three rebounds, one steal and a game-high five assists. Rivers has now scored in double figures 17 times this season and currently leads the Blue Devils in scoring at 14.1 points per game. He is looking to join Johnny Dawkins (1983) and Bill Sapp (1945) as the only freshmen to lead the team in scoring in a season.