Hines earns SoCon Men's Basketball Player of the Week honors
SPARTANBURG, SC – UNC Greensboro junior forward Kyle Hines has been named the Southern Conference’s Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for his outstanding play in the Spartans’ two wins last week.
Hines, a native of Sicklerville, NJ, helped the Spartans to wins over Appalachian State and The Citadel to lift UNCG into first place in the Southern Conference’s North Division. For the week, Hines shot 71.4 percent from the floor, averaging 25.5 points and nine rebounds per game.
Hines had 33 points in UNCG’s win over Appalachian State on Thursday night, his third 30-point game this season. He is only the third player to in school history and the first in UNCG’s Division I era to record three 30-point games in the same season. He shot 14-for-19 from the floor to lead UNCG to its first-ever win over a Top 50 RPI-rated opponent.
Against The Citadel on the road on Saturday, Hines had 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the floor to put him over 400 points for the season already. Hines is just the second player in school history to score 400 points in three separate seasons, joining Jay Joseph, and is the first to do so in consecutive seasons. It also extended his string of consecutive games with 10 or more points to 40 straight games.
Hines, an All-America candidate, now has 1,397 career points and is just five points away from taking over fifth place on UNCG’s career scoring list. During his string of 40 consecutive games scoring in double figures, Hines has only been held to 15 points or less just three times and has scored 20 or more 20 times. He is currently averaging 21.6 points per game, which leads the SoCon and is tenth in the nation. His 9.7 rebounds per contest is also best in the Southern Conference and is 15th in the country. The 6-6 forward is also averaging 2.4 blocks per game, best in the league and 29th in the nation at present time. The only active college player with career totals surpassing 1000 points, 500 rebounds, 200 blocks and 100 steals, Hines has eight double-doubles this season and 29 for his 79-game career.
UNCG (10-9, 7-2 SoCon) has now won nine of its last 11 games. The Spartans, on a four-game SoCon winning streak for the first time since January 2002, return to action on Saturday when they host Furman at 6 pm at Fleming Gym. The game will be televised by Comcast Sports Southeast.
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