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

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

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SACRAMENTO -- Sacramento State center Joshua Patton has been named the Big Sky Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week after helping lead the Hornets to a pair of victories last week - a 61-51 win over UC Davis at the Golden 1 Center, and a 77-72 road victory at Pepperdine.

The award is the first for Patton during his career. He has had a major part in Sacramento State beginning the season 4-0 for just the third time in the program's Div. I era (1991-pres.).

Last week, the fifth-year senior and team captain averaged 19.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocked shots per game while shooting 71% (12-17) from the field and 93% (14-15) from the free throw line. He averaged 29.5 minutes and was a team-best +18 in plus/minus rating.

In the Hornets' win over rival UC Davis on Wednesday, Patton finished with 25 points, five rebounds, two blocks and a steal. His 25 points came in 27 minutes played, and he finished the game 8-for-10 from the floor and 9-of-9 from the free throw line while finishing with a +12 plus/minus.

In the victory at Pepperdine, Patton had 13 points, three rebounds, four assists, a block and two steals while shooting 57% (4-7) from the field and 83% (5-6) from the free throw line.

The Manteca, Calif., native has been incredible thus far, averaging 18.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 1.3 steals per contest while shooting 72% (26-36) from the field and 79% (22-28) from the charity stripe. He leads the Big Sky in both points and blocked shots per game, and his field goal percentage is the ninth best mark in the country.

In addition, Patton now has 151 career blocked shots, and needs just two blocks to break the program record for most career stuffs.

Sacramento State (4-0) will have a big test in its next game on Saturday when they travel to Boulder to take on 21st-ranked Colorado.