Nov. 12 Men's Basketball Players of the Week

Go C-USA! Isaiah Sykes
Isaiah Sykes

Nov. 12, 2012

Junior Isaiah Sykes of UCF and Tulsa freshman guard James Woodard received the first men's basketball weekly honors from C-USA. Awards are chosen by a vote from a media panel representing the 12 member schools. Sykes was just two assists shy of a triple-double to earn the Player of the Week award. He registered 26 points, 11 rebounds and a career-best eight assists to lead the Knights to their first win over in-state rival USF in Tampa since 1978. Woodard had the top offensive performance of anyone in the league this week to take the Freshman of the Week title. He poured in 28 points in just 20 minutes on the floor as Tulsa won its season opener.

Junior, G/F, Detroit, Mich.

Sykes had an incredible performance in leading UCF to a dominating 74-56 win at cross-state rival USF, a team that won a pair of games in the NCAA Tournament last year. Sykes, who usually plays small forward, started at point guard for the first time as a Knight and nearly had a triple-double with 26 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high eight assists. The junior played 38 minutes and shot 10-of-16 from the floor. Five of his 11 rebounds came on the offensive end. Sykes also had two steals in the win, which was the first for UCF over USF in Tampa since 1978. This is Sykes' second career C-USA Player of the Week honor.

Freshman, G, Edmond, Okla.

Woodard scored 28 points with five rebounds and four assists Sunday to lead Tulsa to a season-opening 110-54 win over LSU Shreveport in the debut of first-year Head Coach Danny Manning. Woodard made 9-of-12 field goals, including 5-of-6 three-pointers and 5-of-5 free throws in 20 minutes on the floor. He tallied 18 points by halftime and connected on his first six shots of the game. He also committed no turnovers in the contest. Woodard's 28 points were the most scored by a Tulsa freshman in 19 years, since Shea Seals scored 33 against Houston Baptist Nov. 27, 1993. This is his first C-USA Freshman of the Week honor.



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