SEC Co-Player of the Week

TUSCALOOSA -- His 31 points on Saturday helped the University of Alabama bat down No. 4 Mississippi State on the road, and, as a reward for his efforts the Southeastern Conference has named Alabama sophomore forward Kennedy Winston Co-SEC Player of the Week.

Kennedy Winston shares the honor with a man who scored 32 points against Alabama last Wednesday, Vanderbilt's Matt Freije.

It is the second time this season that Winston, who last week was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches' All-District 6, 2nd Team, has been named SEC Player of the Week. Winston won the award for the week of December 15-21st after he scored 20 points against Chattanooga and then scored 27 points, including the game winning shot, against Oregon in the Las Vegas Showdown.

His latest feat found him leaving Starkville Saturday night with career highs of 31 points and 11 rebounds. It was his second career double double as he'd scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against Auburn in Tuscaloosa last season. On Saturday, he made 13 of 15 free throws. His 31 points marked the eighth time this season he's scored more than 20 points in a game and the third time this season he's scored 20 or more against a top-25 ranked team.

Winston is Alabama's scoring leader, averaging 16.1 points a game, although he's averaging 19.1 points in his last five games and has come through for Alabama from the perimeter where, in the last five games, he's made 11 of 21 three-point attempts.

Winston's honor also includes his performance against Vanderbilt earlier in the week where he scored 17 points and made six rebounds against the Commodores.

In addition to Winston winning the honor twice now this season, Alabama produced another SEC Player of the Week this season in Earnest Shelton who won it for the week of December 1-7. Winston's award on Monday brings to 21 the number of Alabama players who have won the honor since Terry Coner took the first for Alabama on January 14, 1985.

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