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GRAVES NAMED BIG SKY MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

GRAVES NAMED BIG SKY MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- One day after being selected by two media outlets as the National Mid-Major Player of the Week, Sacramento State sophomore guard Marcus Graves was announced as the Big Sky Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week.

It marks the first time Graves, a true sophomore, has received the honor. Yesterday, both midmajormadness.com and collegesportsmadness.com anointed the him the National Mid-Major Player of the Week.

Graves helped lead the Hornets to road wins at Arizona State (66-63) and Seattle (77-65) during the opening week of the season. He averaged 22.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 39.0 minutes per game while scoring at least 20 points in both contests. Graves also committed just three turnovers in 78 total minutes, had a healthy 3.3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio and finished the week with a +16 in plus/minus ratio. He shot .500 (15-30) from the field, buried five 3-pointers and averaged 7.5 free throw attempts per game.

Graves had at least 20 points and played 39 minutes in both games after never scoring more than eight points or playing more than 16 minutes in any game last season.

In the Hornets' victory at Arizona State on Friday night, the San Diego native had 20 points, five rebounds, five assists and a steal in 39 minutes while shooting 8-of-15 from the field. He had five points during the Hornets' game-clinching 19-8 run over the final six minutes, including a huge jumper with 51 seconds to play.

Two days later in a 77-65 win at Seattle, Graves posted game highs in points (24), assists (5), steals (2) and minutes (39) while also adding five rebounds and committing zero turnovers. He scored 21 of his points in a second half which saw the Hornets outscore the Redhawks, 52-38.

Through two games, Graves already has more points, rebounds, assists, field goals made and free throws made than he did all of last year during his freshman season when he averaged 1.2 points, 0.3 rebounds, 0.3 assists and 5.3 minutes in 13 games.

Sacramento State (2-0) opens a season-long four-game homestand this Friday for the home opener vs. Holy Names at 7:05 p.m.