Jan. 18, 2010
The conference office announced on Monday the 10th weekly men’s basketball award for games played January 11-17. Ohio State’s Evan Turner earned his fourth weekly laurel of the season after leading the Buckeyes to a pair of signature wins over ranked foes in Big Ten action last week.
Player of the Week:
Evan Turner, Ohio State
6-7 - G - Jr.
Chicago - St. Joseph's
Junior Evan Turner averaged 23.5 points over two games last week to pilot Ohio State’s defeat over back-to-back ranked opponents, including a road win at sixth-ranked Purdue and against No. 13 Wisconsin. During Tuesday’s contest at Mackey Arena, Turner posted 23 of his career-high 32 points in the second half to spark a late rally as OSU recovered from a 13-point deficit to top the Boilermakers, 70-66. The Chicago native scored 14 of Ohio State's final 18 points, including 10 consecutive tallies, to tie the game at 62-all with 2:37 to play. He also added nine rebounds while going a near-perfect 9-of-10 from the charity stripe in his third game back since missing a month due to injury. On Saturday, Turner continued to attack the basket against Wisconsin, notching 15 points while shooting 7-of-13 from the field to aid in the 60-51 victory. His basket at 14:23 in the second half gave him 1,100 points for his career to move him into 36th on the all-time scoring list at OSU. He needs just seven assists to become the second Buckeye in school history to record 1,000 points, 500 rebound and 300 assists. With Turner in the lineup, Ohio State is 3-1 against the Associated Press Top-25 this season. In those contests, the 6-7 guard is averaging 24.2 points, 9.6 rebounds and shooting 58 percent from the floor. This is the fourth Player of the Week award for Tuner on the year and his seventh overall.
Last Ohio State Player of the Week: David Lighty (Dec. 28, 2009)