March 3, 2008
HOUSTON -- After posting the best offensive peformance in NCAA Division I play this season with a career-high 52 points against Southern Miss last week, senior guard Robert McKiver was named the Conference USA Co-Player of the Week on Monday.
This marked the third time this season and the fifth time in his UH career that McKiver was honored as C-USA Player of the Week.
McKiver became just the fourth player in school history to record at least 50 points in a game and the first since Elvin Hayes poured in 51 against Virginia Tech on March 2, 1968. His point total was the third-highest in program history, trailing only 62 points and 55 points, both by Hayes. It also set C-USA and Hofheinz Pavilion records.
The New Haven, Conn., native torched the Golden Eagles, draining 17-of-34 (.500) from the field, including seven from 3-point distance. He also netted 11-of-12 free throws and added five assists and four steals in the Cougars' 95-67 win over Southern Miss.
McKiver poured in a team-high 29 points, playing all 40 minutes in the Cougars' 84-83 loss at East Carolina on Saturday. He also led the team with eight rebounds and added three assists.
During the week, McKiver averaged 40.5 points, five boards and four assists per game. A consistent scorer, he has poured in 20 or more points in nine of his last ten games and accounted for 45.5 percent of the Cougars' total scoring last week.
UAB's Robert Vaden also was named C-USA Co-Player of the Week.
The Cougars return to action at 7 p.m., Wednesday, when they square off with C-USA rival UCF at Hofheinz Pavilion.