Jan. 26, 2009
Big Ten Co-Players of the Week
Kevin Coble, Northwestern
6-8 - Jr. Forward
Scottsdale, Ariz. / Scottsdale Christian Academy
Northwestern's Kevin Coble earns his first weekly laurel after averaging 26 points per game and leading the Wildcats to a milestone win over No. 7 Michigan State on Wednesday. The junior Wildcat posted the top individual performance in a conference game this season, tying a Big Ten season high with 31 points in Northwestern's victory over the Spartans. It was NU's first win at Michigan State in 25 years, the team's first victory over a top-10 opponent in 15 years and its first road win over a top-10 team in 56 years. The win also snapped the Spartans' 28-game home winning streak and 80-game home win streak against non-ranked opponents. Coupled with the Widlcats' Jan. 18 win over No. 18 Minnesota, it also gave Northwestern consecutive wins over ranked foes for the first time in program history. Coble followed up the performance with an impressive all-around effort at Michigan on Saturday, tallying 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists. On the week, Coble averaged 5.5 rebounds per game and 3.0 assists per game, while shooting 56 percent from the floor and 90 percent from the free throw line.
Last Northwestern POW: Craig Moore (Nov. 24, 2008)
Jamelle Cornley, Penn State
6-5 - Sr. Forward
Columbus, Ohio / Brookhaven
Jamelle Cornley garners his first career weekly accolade after posting his 11th career double-double while spearheading two Penn State victories over conference foes last week. In Tuesday's contest against Michigan, the senior forward grabbed 11 rebounds and netted 17 points on 8-of-10 (.800) shooting to lead a 73-58 victory over the Wolverines. Cornley then posted 24 points and six boards while playing all 40 minutes to help Penn State rally from a 13-point deficit with eight minutes to play to a 63-59 victory over Iowa. The Columbus, Ohio, native was dominating in the paint in both games shooting a combined 19-of-27 (.700) on an array of post moves. He scored 10 straight points, including a three-pointer, in the final five minutes of the victory over Iowa to bring Penn State to within two. Cornley recorded his 75th career double-figure game, jumping into eighth all-time in career scoring at Penn State with 1,369 points.
Last Penn State POW: Talor Battle (Nov. 24, 2008)