Skyhawk King crowned as OVC’s top freshman

Skyhawk King crowned as OVC’s top freshman

Posted: Friday, January 21, 2011 12:02 am

Skyhawk King crowned as OVC’s top freshman

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MARTIN, Tenn. – Two days after helping The University of Tennessee at Martin men’s basketball team to its first Ohio Valley Conference victory of the season, Skyhawk freshman Troy King was named adidas OVC Freshman of the Week on Monday. It is the second career award for King — who also won on Dec. 13 — and the fifth OVC freshman honoree for UT Martin through the season’s first 10 weeks.
A 6-6 215-pound forward out of Gaithersburg, Md., King averaged 17.7 points spread out over three outings last week. He shot 47.1 percent from the field (16-for-34), including a red-hot 50 percent (9-of-18) of his 3-point attempts on the week. He reached double figures in all three games and led the team in scoring in each of the first two.
In the Jan. 10 game against league-leading Austin Peay, King paced UT Martin with 21 points on 7-of-14 shooting (4-for-8 from beyond the 3-point line), helping the Skyhawks to a nine-point halftime lead before falling 71-61.
In the Jan. 13 marathon 109-105 triple-overtime loss at Tennessee Tech, he put together another strong performance, leading the team in scoring for the fifth time this season with 22 points. He converted six of his 14 attempts, including 3-for-7 from 3-point land, and made seven of his 10 attempts from the free-throw line. He also set new career highs in rebounds (nine) and minutes played (41) in that game.
During Saturday’s 63-60 victory at Jacksonville State, King scored 10 points on 3-of-6 shooting, draining two of his three attempts from beyond the 3-point arc. He also added two free throws in 23 minutes for the Skyhawks.
Since cracking the starting lineup on Dec. 8 at Central Arkansas, King leads the team in scoring, pouring in 12.3 points in the 11 games since. In those 11 games, he is shooting 51.6 percent (48-for-93) from the floor with a 48.8 percent clip from 3-point range (20-of-41). For the season, he averages 9.7 points in just 22.9 minutes, ranking second on the team in 3-point field goals made (26, one behind fellow freshman Mike Liabo’s 27).
In OVC play, King is second on the team in scoring at 11.4 points per outing. He currently ranks ninth in the OVC in 3-point field goal percentage (.406) and fourth in league games only in the same category (.481).
King and the Skyhawks return to action Thursday, when they host Southeast Missouri at the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

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