By: Tim Andrzejewski (email@example.com)
HOUSTON — On the same day that he was named First Team All-Conference USA, junior guard/forward Egor Koulechov was named the C-USA Player of the Week, the conference office announced this afternoon.
Koulechov averaged a double-double in leading Rice to a 1-1 record on the week. He averaged a 19.5 points, 13.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists while connecting on 15-of-33 (45.5%) from the field and 7-of-13 (53.8%) from three.
The junior began the week by leading Rice to an 89-88 victory at Marshall. Koulechov scored 22 points while grabbing a game-high 13 rebounds. He also led the team with five assists. He was 9-of-20 from the field and 4-of-10 from three. With six seconds remaining and trailing by two, Koulechov hit the game-winning three-pointer to give the Owls the victory.
The Volgograd, Russia native followed that up with 17 points, 12 rebounds and four assists at WKU. He was 6-of-13 from the field and connected on all three of his three-point attempts. He connected on two free throws and a three-pointer to send Rice on a 14-4 run that helped bring Rice back from a 15-point deficit to tie the game at 72 with fewer than two minutes to play. He also became just the 16th player in school history with 1,000 points and 500 rebounds.
Koulechov joins Marcus Evans in having earned the award twice this year. They are the first pair of Rice teammates to each be named C-USA Player of the Week multiple times in a season.