Beavs Gary Payton II named Pac-12 POW

OREGON STATE GUARD Gary Payton II has been named the Pac-12 men's basketball player of the week. All Payton did was average 19.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals in the home sweep of the Pac-12 Los Angeles schools.

Payton II had 18 points, seven rebounds, six assists and five steals against UCLA on Thursday.

He followed that up with a double-double against USC -- 21 points and 10 rebounds. He also had a game-clinching steal in the final seconds against the Trojans.

Payton II is tied for second in the nation in steals, with 2.94 per game.

His father and BeavGreat Gary Payton, who was known as "The Glove" for his ability to swipe steals, holds the Pac-12 record with nine conference player of the week honors.

A native of Las Vegas, Payton II leads Oregon State in scoring, rebounding and steals, and has helped the Beavers achieve their best overall record (14-5) and Pac-12 record (5-2) since 1990 -- the last year the Beavs went to the NCAA tourney and the last season for the elder Payton in Corvallis before embarking on a stellar pro career.

He has multiple steals in 12 consecutive games, the fourth-longest streak in school history.

This is the 46th time a Beavers player has been named Pac-12 Player of the Week.


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