JUSTIN STRINGS NAMED BIG SKY MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

JUSTIN STRINGS NAMED BIG SKY MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State sophomore forward Justin Strings was named the Big Sky Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, it was announced by the league office today.

The weekly award is the first in Strings' career, and the second by a Sacramento State player this season as fellow sophomore Marcus Graves earned the honor on Nov. 17. The award spanned games that were played from Dec. 1-7.

Strings helped lead Sacramento State to a 1-1 record after the forward averaged 19.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game on .591 (13-for-22) shooting from the field, .600 (6-for-10) from the 3-point line and .778 (7-for-9) from the free throw line.

He also played 58 minutes (29.0 per game) without a turnover. The Carson, Calif., native keyed late-game runs in both contests, scoring eight points in the final six minutes in yesterday's win over Incarnate Word, and tallying six points late in the Hornets' near comeback in a road loss Wednesday at UC Davis.

Against Incarnate Word, a Div. I team that reached the CIT postseason tournament last season, Strings had a career-high 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the field, 3-of-6 from the 3-point line and 2-for-2 from the free throw line. He also added four rebounds, a blocked shot and steal. With the game tied at 56-56 and 6:02 remaining, Strings buried a 3-pointer, and later added another 3-pointer at the 3:27 mark, and a huge jumper with 53 seconds left that kept it at a two-possession game.

In the Hornets' 66-61 loss at UC Davis, Stings had 16 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field, 3-for-4 from the 3-point line and 5-of-7 from the free throw line. He had a 3-point play late in the second half, and later added a 3-pointer to help the Hornets claw back into the game and nearly win.

Strings, who is the team's sixth man, is now averaging 13.8 points, third best on the team. He can play on the inside and the perimeter, and is shooting .627 (42-67) from the field and .483 (14-29) from the 3-point line. Last year, as a true freshman, he averaged 0.8 points, 0.7 rebounds and 4.2 minutes per game.

Sacramento State (6-2), off to the best start after eight games in the program's Div. I era (1991-pres.), will play five of its next six games on the road. That stretch begins Saturday night at Portland at 7:05 p.m.