Trevis Simpson Named BCBSNC Blue Chip Performer 01-27-2013

GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG men's basketball junior guard Trevis Simpson (Douglas, Ga./Coffee) has been named this week's Blue Chip Performer sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. The Blue Chip Performer is chosen weekly from all sports in season and runs throughout the 2012-13 UNCG athletics campaign.

Simpson led the Spartans to a 2-0 record in Southern Conference play this past week with wins over North Division leading Samford and Chattanooga as he averaged 35.5 points per game. He connected on 50 percent (23-of-46) from the field, 47.4 percent (9-of-19) from three-point land and 76.2 percent (16-of-21) from the free throw line in the two victories. He became the first player in the SoCon this season to post back-to-back games of at least 30 points and owns two of the top three scoring performances this season in the league.

Simpson opened the week with a then season-high 30 points against division-leading Samford. He scored 22 of the Spartans' 27 second half points, including their final 14 points of the game to lead UNCG to a 66-64 victory. He connected on 9-of-21 from the field and hit 10-of-12 from the free throw line against the Bulldogs while also grabbing five rebounds.

Simpson out-did that effort with one of the top performances in school history Sunday as he tied the UNCG single-game scoring record with a career-high 41 points against Chattanooga. His 41 points are the most for a Spartan in the NCAA Division I era and the third highest total this season by any player in NCAA Division I. He scored the Spartans first nine points of the game on his way to 27 first half points.

Simpson tied the record with back-to-back baskets in the final minute as the game still hung in the balance. He connected on 14-of-25 from the field, including hitting 7-of-13 from three-point land and 6-of-9 from the free throw line. His scoring efforts on the week raised his SoCon-leading scoring total to 19.9 points per game this season.

Simpson and the Spartans return to action Thursday night for a pivotal SoCon game as they welcome Triad rival Elon to the Greensboro Coliseum. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of North Carolina Blue Chip Performer Weekly Winners
Sept. 4 – Hakan Ilhan, Men's Soccer
Sept. 10 – Katherine Santiago, Volleyball
Sept. 17 – Abraham Kemboi and Chelsea Sumney, Cross Country
Sept. 24 – Fanny Cnops, Women's Golf
Oct. 1 – Hakan Ilhan, Men's Soccer
Oct. 8 – Niltooli Wilkins, Women's Tennis
Oct. 15 - Jamie Simmons, Women's Soccer
Oct. 22 - Katherine Rodriguez, Women's Soccer
Oct. 29 - Paul Chelimo, Men's Cross Country 
Nov. 5 - Kelvin McNeil, Men's Basketball 
Nov. 12 - Paul Katam, Men's Cross Country
Nov. 19 – Ciara Morris, Women's Basketball
Nov. 26 – Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 3 - Trevis Simpson, Men's Basketball  
Dec. 10 - Breonna Patterson, Women's Basketball
Dec. 17 - Lucy Mason, Women's Basketball
Dec. 23 - Lucy Mason, Women's Basketball
Dec. 31 - Holiday Break
Jan. 7 - Janae' Stevenson, Women's Basketball
Jan. 14 – Derrell Armstrong, Men's Basketball|
Jan. 21 – Paul Katam, Indoor Track & Field
Jan. 28 – Trevis Simpson, Men's Basketball 

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