Nittany Lions’ Stevens earns two player of the week honors

Penn State

BOSTON — Penn State senior forward Lamar Stevens was named the Lute Olson National Player of the Week on Monday, Feb. 10. The Philadelphia, Pennsyl­vania, product helped lead the Nittany Lions to two victories this week, scoring a career-best 33 points to lead the Lions to their 18th win of the season in front of a sold-out crowd at the Bryce Jordan Center Satur­day.

Penn State’s No. 3 scorer all-time and ranked No. 5 on the career rebounds list, Stevens averaged 28.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 38.0 minutes per game in the Nittany Lions’ two wins. He scored 16 of his 33 points vs. Minnesota in the second half for Penn State’s sixth-straight Big Ten Conference win, its longest Big Ten win streak in program history. He was the top scorer in the final 4:07 of the game with seven points.

In the win at No. 16 Michigan State, Stevens scored 13 points in the second half, including going 4-4 from the foul line in the game’s final 16 seconds. Stevens also grabbed seven rebounds, six in the second half, and handed out three assists to help the Nittany Lions to third consecutive Big Ten road win.

The award is named in honor of Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson, who won 776 games in 34 seasons, 24 of which were spent at the University of Arizona. During that stretch he led the Wildcats to 11 Pac-10 Conference titles, 23 consecutive NCAA Tournaments, four Final Four appearances and a National Champion­ship in 1997.

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ROSEMONT, Ill. — Stevens was also named Big Ten Player of the Week as announced by the league on Monday. Stevens’ standout performances led the Nittany Lions to wins over No. 16 Michigan State and Minnesota last week.

From Philadelphia, the preseason All-Big Ten selection averaged 28.5 points, seven rebounds and three assists in the Nittany Lions’ two wins. Stevens’ production included a career-high 33 points in Penn State’s 83-77 over Minnesota on Saturday, Feb. 8.

The Nittany Lions captured their sixth-straight conference win behind Stevens’ career high, which included 16 second-half points to hold off a late game surge by the Golden Gophers.

Stevens’ impressive play was on display in the Nittany Lions’ road win over #16 Michigan State on Tuesday, Feb. 4. Scoring 24 points and grabbing seven rebounds, Stevens led the Nittany Lions to their second win in 25 tries in East Lansing.

Stevens has now amassed 2,064 points in his career, good for third all-time in program history. He is one of just three active players to have scored over 2,000 points and grabbed 800 rebounds in NCAA Division I.