Langford Earns National and Big 12 Weekly Honors

Jan. 3, 2005

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas senior Keith Langford made the game-winning basket in the 70-68 overtime win against No. 9 Georgia Tech on New Years Day has been named the National Player of the Week and co-Big 12 Player of the Week, the KU athletic department announced.

In regulation, Langford scored the final six KU points on a pair of three-pointers to send the game into overtime. The Fort Worth, Texas, guard then added four points in the extra period, which included the game-winner with 3.3 seconds remaining. Of his 18 points for the game, 16 came in the second half and overtime.

Langford was named co-Big 12 Player of the Week with Texas’ P.J. Tucker who averaged 23 points and 11 rebounds in two victories. Langford is the second Jayhawk to be named Big 12 Player of the Week this season. Senior teammate Wayne Simien earned the honor on Nov. 23.

Langford is averaging 18.6 points in his last six games and is shooting 51.9 percent (41-for-71) from the field in that span. Langford has three games with 20 or more points, all within the last six games, including 21 against UW-Milwaukee. He had a season-high 24 points in 23 minutes versus Louisiana-Lafayette. In the TCU win, Langford had 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting. A preseason first-team All-Big 12 and Wooden and Naismith awards watch lists selection, Langford had 21 points versus Pacific with career-high seven assists. Against South Carolina, Langford became the 16th player in KU history to score 1,500 points in his career. He currently ranks tied for 13th on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,548 points.