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Feb. 20, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. – North Carolina forward Harrison Barnes, who helped bring the Tar Heels back from a nine-point second-half deficit to win at Miami, is the ACC’s Player of the Week, and Boston College forward Ryan Anderson, who averaged 21.5 points in the Eagles’ two contests, is the conference’s Rookie of the Week for the period ending Feb. 19.
Barnes, a 6-foot-8 sophomore from Ames, Iowa, scored 14 of his 23 points at Miami after halftime as the Tar Heels rallied for a 73-64 victory over the Hurricanes this past Wednesday. He added 24 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals in UNC’s 74-52 triumph over Clemson three days later. On the season, Barnes stands second in the ACC in scoring at 18 points per game and sixth in field-goal percentage (.470).
The 2011 ACC Rookie of the Year is the second Tar Heel in as many weeks to be named Player of the Week. He was preceded by senior center Tyler Zeller.
Anderson, a 6-8 freshman forward from Lakewood, Calif., went 15-of-28 from the floor and 11-of-14 at the foul line and contributed 18 rebounds in the Eagles’ games with Maryland and Duke. He leads all ACC freshmen in rebounding (7.0) and is second in scoring (10.8).
Anderson is the third Boston College player named Rookie of the Week this season. He joins guard Lonnie Jackson (Dec. 19) and center Dennis Clifford (Jan. 16). Only once in the award’s 42-year history has a team had more than three individuals chosen: Four Wake Forest rookies were tapped in 1978-79.