Dec. 10, 2012
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Senior Rodney McGruder earned his second career Big 12 weekly honor on Monday, as he was named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week after his double-double performance at George Washington over the weekend.
Playing in front of numerous friends and family in his hometown of Washington, D.C., McGruder collected his fifth career double-double and first this season in a 65-62 win at George Washington on Saturday with 15 points, 11 rebounds, one assist and one steal in a season-high 39 minutes. He went 6-of-18 from the field, including 3-of-6 from 3-point range, against the Colonials. He earns the weekly honor for the second time in his career after his MVP performance in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic on Dec. 26, 2011.
McGruder, who recently became just the eighth Wildcat with 1,100 points and 500 rebounds in a career, paces two Wildcats in double figures with a team-high 12.9 points per game on 40.2 percent shooting with 5.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 27.5 minutes per game. He has been even better in the last three games, where he is averaging 17.7 points and 8.3 rebounds in 33.0 minutes per game.
After Saturday’s win, Kansas State (7-1) has now won seven of their last eight away from home in non-conference play, including six in a row, dating back to 2008. Prior to their current streak, the Wildcats had lost nine consecutive road non-conference games from 2003-06.
K-State faces another difficult challenge on Saturday, as the Wildcats play No. 10/10 Gonzaga (9-1) in the Battle in Seattle at KeyArena. The game tips off at 8 p.m. CT and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2.
The Wildcats will return home to Bramlage Coliseum on Tuesday, Dec. 18 when the squad faces Texas Southern (1-8) at 7 p.m. on FOX Sports Midwest. Tickets are still available for as low as $20, while fans can purchase four or more general admission tickets for $15 each with a group rate of $10 each for 12 or more tickets. Fans can call (800) 221.CATS or purchase online at www.k-statesports.com/tickets.