Young earns Big 12 Honor|
February 15, 1999
DALLAS, Texas - The Big 12's top two single-game highs of 1998-99 occurred last week and it reflects in this week's "of the week" honors. Texas Tech junior Rayford Young scored a career-high 41 points in the Red Raiders' 90-84 win against Kansas Saturday. The guard had 32 of the 41 in the final nine minutes of the game and averaged 29.5 points for the week as he has been named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week.
Colorado junior Jaquay Walls averaged 22.5 points in two games last week including a career-high 34 points in the Buffs' 83-80 come-from-behind win against Oklahoma State. For his efforts the guard has been named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week. Both honors are chosen by a panel of media observers who cover Big 12 men's basketball.
Player Rayford Young, Texas Tech, G, Jr., 5-11, Pampa, Texas - Young turned in the sixth-highest scoring game in Texas Tech history, second-highest in Big 12 play (which began in 1996-97), in scoring 41 points in the Red Raiders' 90-84 win against then-No. 24 Kansas Saturday. Young scored 32 of his 41 in the final nine minutes of the game including 18-for-18 from the free throw line. The junior guard takes a 29-straight free throw string into Wednesday's game at Texas and is one shy of the school record of 30. He is tied second-most in school history. Senior teammate Stan Bonewitz made 29-straight during the 1996-97 season. Young opened the week scoring 18 points in Texas Tech's 75-66 win at Baylor. In that game he went 5-for-7 from three-point range and 5-for-5 from the free throw line. For the week Young averaged 29.5 points and was 6-for-10 from three-point range. Young's 41 points are second to Texas' Reggie Freeman's 43 points against Fresno State (12/14/96) in Big 12 single-game scoring history.
Jaquay Walls, G, Jr., 6-3, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Compton [Calif.] CC) -
Suffering from the flu, Walls scored a career-high 34 points in
Colorado's 83-80 come-from-behind win against Oklahoma State. For the
game the junior guard was 7-for-13 from the field, including 2-for-3
from three-point range. Additionally, he was 18-for-20 from the free
throw line to go along with four assists. His 34 points were a Big 12
season high until Saturday's 41 points by Rayford Young of Texas Tech
against Kansas. In the 87-56 loss at Missouri, Walls scored 11 points
with three assists. For the week he averaged 22.5 points and 4.5
rebounds and was 22-of-25 (.880) from the free throw line.