Bowling Green, Ky. — Western Kentucky University’s Courtney Lee was selected the first Sun Belt Conference men’s basketball Player of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday.
It’s the third time since the beginning of last year that the senior guard/forward has been honored.
Lee began his final campaign by scoring a game-high 26 points — the most he has recorded in a season-opener — on 11-of-15 shooting, adding five rebounds and three steals in just 21 minutes to help WKU to a 35-point victory over Kennesaw State Friday. After scoring 12 points in the first half, Lee posted 10 in the opening three minutes after the break as part of a 15-0 run that put the game away. He also finished with a blocked shot and a steal, and he did not commit a turnover.
With the effort, the 6-foot-5, 200-pound Indianapolis, Ind., resident moved into 11th place on the school’s all-time scoring list.
Lee also moved up a spot in two categories in the SBC record books with his performance against the Owls. He climbed into 20th place in steals as well as 23rd on the three-point field goal list after going 2-of-5 from long distance.
Lee and the Hilltoppers return to action Tuesday night with a 7 p.m. (CST) tip against Kentucky Wesleyan.