FAIRFIELD, CT (January 28, 2013) - Sacred Heart senior Shane Gibson (Killingly, CT) was named the Choice Hotels NEC Player of the Week by the league office on Monday. Gibson collects his second award this season.
In winning the seventh Choice Hotels NEC Player of the Week award of his career, Gibson averaged 29.5 points to lead Sacred Heart to back-to-back victories and a tie for first place in the NEC standings with a 6-2 record. The top scorer in NEC play (25.4 ppg), Gibson dropped 26 points on 8-of-16 shooting and nailed four shots from beyond the arc in an 87-76 victory over previously unbeaten Bryant at home on Thursday. He also went 6-for-6 from the charity stripe and grabbed six boards. The 6-2 guard then shined on NEC-TV on Saturday, reeling off a season-high 33 points, including 24 in the second half, as SHU rallied to beat Monmouth, 82-68. With the Hawks holding a 10-point lead midway through the second stanza, Gibson took over with 19 straight points for the Pioneers to position his team for the comeback victory. Gibson extended his streak of 20-plus point performances to seven games and made a move deeper into the NEC record books, cracking the top-10 in scoring at No. 10 with 1,835 career points. Overall, the Killingly, CT native ranks second in the NEC in scoring (20.1), first in free throw percentage (.889), second in made three-pointers (2.8/game) and fifth in three-point percentage (.422).
Gibson and the Pioneers are back in action on Thursday night at Wagner College.