Jan. 14, 2002
ATHENS ----- Junior guard Ezra Williams, whose 42 points in two games last week included a game-winning 3-point shot against Tennessee, was named today as the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week, according to an announcement by the league office in Birmingham.
This week's award covers games that were played between January 7-13. During that span the Bulldogs went 2-0, with an 88-84 upset of 8th-ranked Kentucky and a 73-70 win over Tennessee.
Williams, from Marietta, Ga., pumped in 20 points in the Kentucky game, setting a career high with six 3-pointers. Against Tennessee, he led all scorers with 22 points, including his buzzer-beater, launched with two-tenths of a second left.
Williams currently ranks second among all SEC players in scoring at 17.9 points per game. He's also second in 3-pointers per game at 3.5 and seventh in 3-point FG percentage at 41.2 percent.
Williams' appointment marked the third time of his career that he has won the honor. The SEC named him its Player of the Week last November < after Georgia had defeated Georgetown and Georgia Southern < and also for the week of Jan. 8-13, 2001, during which he scored 48 points in wins over Auburn and Ole Miss.