Feb. 7, 2011
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Ben Hansbrough (Poplar Bluff, Mo.), Notre Dame’s leading scorer at 17.2 points per game, has been named for the third straight week and fourth time this season to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll.
Hansbrough, whose Irish team is 19-4 overall and stands second in the BIG EAST regular-season standings with an 8-3 record, averaged 24.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists in leading Notre Dame to victories over DePaul and Rutgers. In the two contests, he scored 24 and 25 points, respectively, with his second and third 20-plus performances in the last four games.
The senior guard netted 24 points in Notre Dame’s win at DePaul as he connected on seven-of-12 shots from the field, including hitting five-of-eight from three-point range. In playing 34 minutes, he also grabbed three rebounds and dished off three assists.
Hansbrough followed that up with a 25-point effort against Rutgers. In 39 minutes of action, he also finished with six rebounds and five assists as he netted 13 points in the final seven minutes of the contest in leading the Irish to the 76-69 victory. Marshon Brooks of Providence copped the league’s player-of-the-week honor, while Jeremy Lamb of Connecticut was honored as the conference’s rookie of the week. Chris Wright of Georgetown, Ashton Gibbs of Pittsburgh, Rick Jackson of Syracuse and Corey Fisher of Villanova joined Hansbrough on the Weekly Honor Roll.
In addition to averaging a career-best 17.2 ppg., Hansbrough is averaging 3.7 rebounds and leads the team in both assists (4.0) and steals (1.2). He has scored in double figures in all but two games and has topped the 20-plus point mark on nine occasions. In BIG EAST play, he is averaging 18.7 points per game and 3.9 rebounds. Notre Dame, which moved to eighth in the Associate Press and seventh in the ESPN/USA Today returns to action on Wednesday evening, Feb. 7 when it plays host to Louisville. The Cardinals are ranked 16th and 15th, respectively, in both polls.