USF's Mattis, WV's Butler Earn BIG EAST Honor

USF senior forward McHugh Mattis and West Virginia freshman forward Da'Sean Butler received BIG EAST Conference Men's Basketball weekly honors on Monday. Mattis was named BIG EAST Player of the Week, while Butler earned Rookie of the Week accolades.

USF senior forward McHugh Mattis and West Virginia freshman forward Da'Sean Butler received BIG EAST Conference Men's Basketball weekly honors on Monday. Mattis was named BIG EAST Player of the Week, while Butler earned Rookie of the Week accolades.

Mattis helped carry USF to a 69-63 victory over No. 21/19 Notre Dame. The forward matched his career high with 23 points and pulled down a career-high 16 rebounds against the Irish. It was the Bulls' only game of the week. For the season, Mattis is averaging 13.0 points, a team-leading 7.3 rebounds and a league-leading 3.9 blocks. The senior from North Lauderdale, Fla. also leads the Bulls in field goal shooting at 57.4 percent.

Butler averaged 19.0 points, while posting consecutive career scoring highs to help West Virginia to a pair of road wins in his native state of New Jersey. Butler's week began with a 17-point effort on 6-of-9 shooting in an 89-83 victory at Rutgers. He followed that with 21 points and three steals in an 81-70 triumph at Seton Hall. A native of Newark who does not start, Butler shot 60.9 percent from the floor in the two games. For the season, he owns a 10.0 scoring average.

Mattis is the second-ever Bull to claim the honor.  Classmate Melvin Buckley was tabbed to the accolade on Nov. 20 this season, the first honoree of the campaign. 

The 6-6, 190-pounder enjoyed a career night in the 69-63 upset victory over No. 21 Notre Dame Saturday night at the Sun Dome.  His 23-point, 16-rebound performance produced his sixth double-double of the season and the 13th of his career.  Mattis' point total matched a personal best and his rebound total was a career high. 

In 36 minutes of action, the North Lauderdale, Fla., native was 10-of-19 from the field and also chipped in an assist, one block and a steal.  Half of his 16 caroms came at the offensive end, which led to several key baskets down the stretch in the second half.   

 

BIG EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
McHugh Mattis, USF, F, Sr., 6-6, 190

BIG EAST ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Da'Sean Butler, West Virginia, F, Fr., 6-7, 205

BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL:
Draelon Burns, DePaul, G, Jr.
Scored 26 points in both games of a 1-1 week. Also averaged 26.0 pts. and 6.0 rebs.
Jeff Green, Georgetown, F, Jr.
Posted 24 pts., 8 rebs., and 4 assts. in victory at St. John's.
Jerel McNeal, Marquette, G, So.
Had 18 pts., 12 rebs. and 5 assts. in win over Providence.
Colin Falls, Notre Dame, G, Sr.
Averaged 21.0 pts., 5.0 assts. and 3.0 rebs. in a 1-1 week.
Brian Laing, Seton Hall, F, Jr.
Averaged 19.5 pts., 8.0 rebs. and 3.0 steals in a 1-1 week.

 


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