Greg Brunner Big Ten Co-Player of the Week

After his career-best 26 points outburst against Louisville on Saturday, sophomore forward Greg Brunner picked up Big Ten Player of the Week honors for his efforts. He shares this week's award with Purdue's Kenneth Lowe.

Brunner shot a blistering 73 percent from the floor during a 2-0 week, including pouring in a career-best 26 points to lead the unranked Hawkeyes to an overtime victory over No. 17/16 Louisville at the Wooden Tradition in Indianapolis.

The sophomore forward connected on 16 of 22 shots (.727) and averaged 19.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in the two games. He opened the week with 13 points, seven boards and three blocks against Drake before exploding against the Cardinals, burying 10 of 14 shots while playing 41 of 45 minutes and adding two key rejections.

Brunner has hit 20 of his 26 shots so far this season to lead the Conference in field goal percentage (.769). This is the first weekly honor of his career.

Lowe was named the Most Valuable Player of the Great Alaska Shootout as he led the unranked Boilermakers to the title with 22 points in an upset of No. 2/2 Duke in the championship game. The reigning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year averaged 18 points during the three-game event and shot an impressive 95.7 percent from the free throw line, including a perfect eight-of-eight in the title game.

He opened the tournament with a career-best 26 points against Texas State, connecting on seven of 11 shots (.636) from the field and 12 of 13 from the charity stripe while adding five assists. After being held to six points against Seton Hall, the senior guard poured in 22 points against the Blue Devils on six-of-12 shooting. Purdue earned its second Great Alaska Shootout title, and first since 1993, as the Boilermakers are just the fourth team to win the event more than once along with Kentucky, North Carolina and North Carolina State.

Lowe joins former All-American Glenn Robinson as the second Purdue standout to collect MVP accolades. He also earns Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career.


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