Sensational Sophomores Bring Home Weekly Honors to Illinois and Purdue

Dec. 1, 2008

Men’s Basketball Big Ten Co-Players of the Week:

E’Twaun Moore, Purdue
Sophomore Guard
East Chicago, Ind. / East Chicago

E’Twaun Moore averaged 20. 5 points and 40 minutes per game in the semifinal and final rounds of the Dick’s Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off, earning a selection to the All-Tournament team and his second Player of the Week accolade. The sophomore scored 19 points in Purdue’s 71-64 win over Boston College in Madison Square Garden, while adding four rebounds, six helpers and two steals on the day.  Moore then netted 22 points and added four assists in the Boilermakers’ overtime loss to No. 11 Oklahoma. He shot 51.6 percent from the field in the two games, including six three pointers. Despite the final loss, Moore’s performance helped lead Purdue to a second-place finish in the tournament.

Last Purdue POW:  Robbie Hummel (02/11/08)

Mike Tisdale, Illinois
Sophomore Center
Riverton, Ill. / Riverton

Sophomore Mike Tisdale earns his first player of the week award after being named MVP of the South Padre Island Invitational where he helped lead Illinois to the tournament championship. Tisdale averaged 16.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks over two games. The Riverton, Ill. native scored a career-high 20 points while tying his career high with seven rebounds in the come-from-behind win over Kent State. Tisdale was again the game's leading scorer the following night, registering 12 points in the title game vs. Tulsa while grabbing seven boards in his second consecutive contest.  Averaging 34.5 minutes of action, he also tallied three blocked shots in each outing.  The young center scored 10 of Illinois' last 15 points vs. Kent State, including the Illini's first three baskets of overtime, highlighted by an up-and-under move that put the Illini up 66-63 with 22 seconds left. Tisdale’s late game heroics continued as he broke a 44-all tie vs. Tulsa with the game's final two field goals, to put the Illini up by the final margin of four points.

Last Illinois POW:  Shaun Pruitt (12/24/07)