Lawson earns sixth Big 12 weekly honor this season
IRVING, Texas – Kansas redshirt-junior Dedric Lawson averaged 24.0 points and 8.5 rebounds in two Kansas victories and has been named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week in a vote by a media panel which covers the league, the conference announced Monday. This is the third conference newcomer of the week for Lawson and his sixth weekly award from the league in 2018-19.
Lawson scored a season-high 31 points and pulled down 14 rebounds in Kansas’ 77-68 win against No. 25 TCU on Jan. 9. It marked the second 30-point game of the season for the Memphis, Tennessee native. In KU’s 73-68 win at Baylor on Jan. 12, Lawson had 17 points, a season-high five blocked shots and a career-high five steals. He became only the third player in Big 12 history to have five blocked shots and five steals in one game. He joined Baylor’s Quincy Acy in 2008 and Baylor’s Brian Skinner in 1996.
Lawson has seven double-doubles in his last nine games and a Big 12-leading 11 for the season, which is tied for second nationally. He has scored 20 or more points in nine games this season with eight in his last 13 contests. He is second in the Big 12 in scoring at 19.3 ppg and leads the league in rebounding at 10.8 rpg. He is the only player in the league averaging a double-double. A three-time Big 12 Player of the Week (11/12, 11/26, 12/26) and three-time league newcomer of the week (12/3, 12/17, 1/14), Lawson leads KU with 19 blocked shots and his 1.2 blocks per game are eighth in the conference.
Kansas (14-2, 3-1) hosts Texas (10-6, 2-2) for ESPN Big Monday, Jan. 14, at 8 p.m. (Central) in Allen Fieldhouse.
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