Jan. 24, 2011
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame senior guard Ben Hansbrough (Poplar Bluff, Mo.) has been named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for helping the Fighting Irish post a 2-0 record in league play last week. Hansbrough averaged 20.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists in wins over Cincinnati and Marquette.
This marks the second time this season – and third time in his career – Hansbrough has been named to the league’s weekly honor roll. The other occurrence this season was on Nov. 22, while he was selected as the BIG EAST Player of the Week on Jan. 10.
Hansbrough scored a career-high 28 points, in addition to grabbing five rebounds and dishing out six assists on Saturday in an 80-75 triumph of Marquette. It was his seventh 20-plus point effort of the season and it was the fourth time he notched six or more assists in a game.
The senior guard registered 13 points, three rebounds and five assists on Wednesday in a 66-58 win over Cincinnati. Hansbrough went 5-for-6 from the free throw line in the final 1:18 to help secure the victory over the Bearcats.
The No. 15/14 Fighting Irish (16-4, 5-3) will face No. 2/2 Pittsburgh (19-1, 7-0) at 7:00 p.m. (ET) tonight in BIG EAST play at the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. The contest is an ESPN Big Monday showdown and will be aired live on the network and on ESPN3.com.