Towns Repeats as SEC Freshman of the Week

Piscataway, N.J., native averaged 14.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in two wins last week

Karl Towns - Photo by Tammie Brown - Camen Media
Karl Towns – Photo by Tammie Brown – Camen Media

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Freshman Karl-Anthony Towns has been selected as the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week in consecutive weeks after averaging 14.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in wins over No. 6/7 Texas and Eastern Kentucky last week.

In the 63-51 victory over the Longhorns, Towns scored 10 points and made all six of his free throws in just 16 minutes of play. Against Eastern Kentucky, Towns scored a career-high 19 points – 12 of which came in the first half – and grabbed nine rebounds, just missing out on his second career double-double. He did all that in 23 minutes. Additionally, Towns knocked down his first career 3-pointer in the EKU win and sunk all eight of his free throw attempts.

He added four blocks, two steals and a pair of assists in the two victories. The Piscataway, N.J., native shot 71.4 percent from the floor in just 19.5 minutes of action.

Towns is the first Wildcat this season to earn multiple SEC Freshman of the Week honors. Trey Lyles, is the other player to win an accolade, after he claimed the same honor following the opening week of competition.

Kentucky will return to action on Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. in Rupp Arena. UK plays host to Columbia in the first matchup between the two teams since 1948.

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