Golden Eagle and Madison Central alum honored by C-USA
IRVING, TX (ConferenceUSA.com) - Southern Miss senior guard Chip Armelin earns his first C-USA Player of the Week honors following a pair of games in which he averaged 25.5 points and five rebounds per game. Armelin tossed in 23 points against Louisiana Tech in the conference opener and a career-best 28 points at LSU. LA Tech guard Xavian Stapleton claimed his first C-USA Freshman of the Week award this season. Stapleton came off the bench in the conference opener against Southern Miss to scored 17 points and six rebounds in a career-best 21 minutes on the floor. Awards are chosen by a vote from a media panel representing the 14 member schools.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK CHIP ARMELIN, SOUTHERN MISS Senior, 6-4, G, Sulphur, Louisiana Armelin averaged 25.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals in games against LSU and Louisiana Tech this week. For the week, Armelin shot 63.3 percent (19-of-30) from the floor, 64.3 percent (9-of-14) from three and a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line. Armelin began the week at LSU, scoring a career-high 28 points, including 18 in the first half, while grabbing six rebounds and two steals. The Sulphur, Louisiana, native also set career-highs going 10-of-16 from the field and 6-of-8 from three, which is the fifth highest three-point field goal percentage in a game in school history. The senior then scored 23 points, including 14 in the second half, in the Conference USA opener against Louisiana Tech. He also had four rebounds and two assists in a career-high 37 minutes. This is his first C-USA Player of the Week honor of his career.
FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK XAVIAN STAPLETON, LOUISIANA TECH Freshman, 6-6, G, Flora, Mississippi Stapleton came off the bench in back-to-back games this week to average 16.5 points per game for the Bulldogs. He was 5-of-10 from the field in wins against Southern Arkansas and at Southern Miss. The true freshman recorded career-highs in blocks (two) and steals (three) while nearly leading the team in scoring with 16 points against Southern Arkansas. The Flora, Mississippi, native then participated in his first C-USA contest, which took place in his home state. He came off the bench to register 17 points while seeing a career-high 21 minutes of action. He drained four three-pointers in the process, marking the second time this season he has hit at least four in a single game. Stapleton also led the team in rebounding against Southern Miss with six boards, including five offensive rebounds. He has scored in double figures in three of the Bulldogs' past four games. This is Stapleton's first career C-USA Freshman of the Week honor.
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