Dec. 24, 2012
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Senior Rodney McGruder earned Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week honors for the second time in three weeks on Monday after helping Kansas State to a pair of wins last week.
McGruder averaged a team-best 19.5 points on 55.2 percent shooting (16-of-29) with 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals in 36 minutes in the wins over Texas Southern and No. 8/9 Florida. He also connected on 7-of-10 from the free throw line, including a 5-of-6 effort in the win over the Gators.
McGruder opened the week with a season-high 26 points in the win over Texas Southern on Dec. 18 on 12-of-17 field goals to go with three assists, two rebounds and one steal in 34 minutes. It was 15th career 20-point scoring game, while the 12 field goals were a career-high. He was solid all-around in the 67-61 win over No. 8/9 Florida in the Hy-Vee Wildcat Classic on Saturday at the Sprint Center, the Wildcats’ first regular-season, non-conference Top 10 win since knocking off No. 8 Minnesota at home, 62-52, on Dec. 21, 1981. Overall, it was just the 12th non-conference Top 10 win in school history, including the seventh in the regular season. Playing 38 minutes, he posted 13 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals against the Gators.
McGruder earns the award for the third time in his career and the second time this season after winning it on Dec. 10 with his double-double effort in the road victory over George Washington. He was also named the weekly award winner on Dec. 26, 2011 after his MVP performance at the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic.
One of just eight Wildcats with 1,100 points and 500 rebounds in a career, McGruder paces two players in double figures with a team-high 13.3 points per game on 41.4 percent shooting with 5.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 28.7 minutes per game. He has a team-tying seven double-figure scoring games (and two 20-point outings), all of which have come in the last nine games.
The Wildcats (9-2) conclude the non-conference slate with two home games in a three-day span against UMKC (4-8) on Saturday, Dec. 29 and South Dakota (5-8) on Monday, Dec. 31 before opening the Big 12 schedule against nationally-ranked Oklahoma State (10-1) on Saturday, Jan. 5.
Tickets for all three games are still available for as low as $20 each, 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 also watch all three games for only $40 in the Holiday Mini-Plan, which includes a general admission ticket to the UMKC, South Dakota and OSU games. Tickets can be purchased at (800) 221.CATS or online at www.kstatesports.com/tickets.