Dec. 5, 2005
Houston, Texas - University of Houston junior guard Oliver Lafayette has been named The Sporting News National Player of the week and the Conference USA Player of the Week after leading Houston to wins at 25th-ranked LSU and against 13th-ranked Arizona.
He averaged 30 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.5 steals and one assist in the two victories. He also shot 59.5 percent from the field, including 65 percent behind the three-point line.
The Baton Rouge, La., native began last week scoring a career-high 32 points and registered four steals at LSU on November 29. He scored 27 of his points in the second half to help the Cougars overcome a 12- point halftime deficit to defeat the Tigers, 84-83, and give the Cougars their first road win against a nationally-ranked team since 1987.
Lafayette followed that performance with a game-high 28 points, including 20 points in the second half, and a team-high five rebounds to lead the Cougars to a 69-65 victory over Arizona in a nationally-televised game.
It was the first time the Cougars had posted back-to-back wins over nationally-ranked opponents since the 1984 Midwest Regional semifinal and final games. During the two games this week, Lafayette shot a combined 59.5 percent from the field and 65 percent behind the three-point line, while averaging 3.5 steals per game.