Feb. 20, 2012
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Irish forward Jack Cooley (Glenview, Ill.) picked up his fifth BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll of the season after averaging 20.0 points and 15.5 rebounds in Notre Dame’s two victories last week against Rutgers (71-53) and at Villanova (74-70) in overtime. Cooley posted double-doubles in both of the contests to extend Notre Dame’s current win streak to eight games as the Irish improved to 19-8 overall and 11-3 in BIG EAST play.
Jae Crowder of Marquette was honored as the BIG EAST Player of the Week, while Anthony Collins of USF picked up rookie-of-the-week honors. In addition to Cooley, the four other league players who comprised the five-member BIG EAST Weekly Honor were Dion Dixon of Cincinnati, Hollis Thompson of Georgetown, C.J. Fair of Syracuse and Kevin Jones of West Virginia.
This marks the second straight week that Cooley has garnered a BIG EAST honor after being garnering player-of-the-week accolades last week.
Cooley, who is averaging 12.2 points and 9.3 rebounds, leads the team with 10 double-doubles and has registered doubles figures in both scoring and rebounding in each of the last four games. His current string of four straight games with a double-double marks the first time an Irish player has had four consecutive double-double outings since Luke Harangody during the 2008-09 campaign.
In Notre Dame’s win over Rutgers, Cooley matched his career high with 22 points (his third straight 20-plus point and fifth of the season) and finished with a career-high 18 rebounds as he connected on five-of-13 shots from the field. Against Villanova in the overtime win, played 42 minutes and had 18 points and 13 rebounds while connecting on eight-of-11 shots.
Notre Dame, ranked 20th in this week’s Associated Press poll and 18th in the ESPN/USA Today ranking, returns to action on Wednesday evening (February 22) when it entertains West Virginia at 7:00 p.m. The game will be televised by ESPN2.